The Most Mispronounced Words Of 2022 (United States)
In October, Adele revealed that fans, especially in the United States, often mispronounce her name, and she prefers how it sounds in an East London accent.
Chicxulub [CHICK-choo-loob (Mex.) / CHICK-zoo-loob (Eng.)]
In October, researchers revealed the full extent of the Chicxulub (the meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs) impact. The meteorite, which landed in what is now the Gulf of Mexico, caused a giant tsunami that covered most of the globe within 24 hours.
Domhnall Gleeson [DOH-null GLEE-sun]
This actor and star of serial killer drama The Patient called out Late Show host Stephen Colbert for mispronouncing his name.
American news anchors came under fire for mispronouncing the Scottish capital during coverage of the Queen’s funeral in September. A U.S. tourist being corrected on the pronunciation went viral in August.
Negroni sbagliato [ne-GRO-nee spah-lee-AH-toh]
HBO Max shared an interview of House of the Dragon stars discussing their favorite drinks. The clip instantly went viral, receiving over 14 million views on TikTok and creating a new viral sound, “negroni sbagliato with prosecco in it.”
Novak Djokovic [NO-vak JO-kuh-vich]
In January, the tennis star was deported from Australia and unable to compete in the Australian Open after failing to comply with COVID regulations.
In March, Major League Baseball announced a new rule named after 2021 MVP Shohei Ohtani. The rule allows a starting pitcher who hits for himself to remain in a game as the designated hitter, even if he is pulled for a relief pitcher.
Rishi Sunak [REE-shee SOO-nahk]
After British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s October victory in the Conservative leadership race, President Joe Biden mispronounced the PM’s name in his congratulatory speech, calling him “Rasheed Sanook.”
Tuanigamanuolepola (Tua) Tagovailoa [TOO-uh-ning-uh-mah-noo-oh-LEH-po-luh (TOO-uh) TUNG-o-vai-LOH-uh]
In September, this Miami Dolphins’ quarterback sparked fresh debate around concussion protocols in the NFL after he suffered successive head injuries in two games across a five-day period.
The name of a city and oblast (also known as a region or division), as well as the location of a nuclear power plant, in southeast Ukraine.