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Old 10-04-12, 05:55 PM   #1
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Question Which word has the weirdest pronunciation?

What is the English word that has the weirdest pronunciation, compared to how it's written?
This means that if you didn't know this word and you had to pronounce it, you would probably do it wrong.
I can think of a few, and one of them is extremely common and worldwide known.
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Old 10-04-12, 06:47 PM   #2
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Pneumonia, I have it now so the word sucks even more to me!
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Old 10-04-12, 11:13 PM   #3
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IMHO that word sounds quite like it's written.

I'm thinking more in something like this:
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-thought

Just adding the ending 't' the pronunciation changes completely. How would you pronounce each of these if they were new words for you?
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Old 10-05-12, 06:52 AM   #4
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Ghoti.

According to an old English teacher, that spells fish.
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Old 10-05-12, 11:59 AM   #5
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Wow, but that's not an actual word, but more like a game.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti
http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/ling006.html

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Old 10-10-12, 12:15 PM   #6
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What about "one"? How would you pronounce it if it was a new word for you? I think I would pronounce it something like "on" or "own". Check how different it sounds in "done"/"gone" or "tone"/"bone".
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Prologue

Looks like it should be "pro-la-goo"
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Gloucester is a weird one.
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I always liked words like 'physics' and 'pneumatic' in this respect. I also like 'clothes' just for the number of letters and mouth movements you can fit in one syllable
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Special mention for Onomatopoeia
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Old 12-19-12, 11:46 AM   #11
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Another case of similar words with different pronunciation:
should
shoulder
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Worcestershire (of sauce fame)
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