# Words commonly mispronounced

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by I Push Wood, Apr 2, 2009.

1. ### wynn˙Valued Senior Member

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How to pronounce 'maintainance'? Or is it spelled 'maintenance'?
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3. ### ArachnakidLinguist-In-TrainingRegistered Senior Member

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Me too, although I've never been entirely sure which one is correct. From looking at the spelling I've always assumed it was "MISS-chih-vuss", but even so I often say it the other way without thinking about it.

Actually, one mistake I make frequently is pronouncing "says" phonetically rather than as "SEHZ". My mom tells me I didn't say it that way until I learned to read when I was three years old. I still haven't been able to rid myself of it.

5. ### OliHeute der Enteteich...Registered Senior Member

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Intriguing... Fraggle's on-line reference that he mentioned in a slightly earlier post doesn't even list maintainance. (And neither does the Firefox spell checker!)
But I've seen the words used interchangeably, in fact so much so that I can never remember which, if either, I normally use.

But AFAIK they're both pronounced main tuh nuhns.