Phenomenon, remuneration and statistics 'most mispronounced words' in English
Phenomenon, remuneration and statistics have topped a list of the most commonly mispronounced English words.
According to British Institute Of Verbatim Reporters, (BIVR) - the body charged with recording public utterances, speakers also have a problem pronouncing ethnicity, hereditary and particularly.
A survey of its members found 10 words that Britons consistently have difficulty pronouncing.
Conjugal, specific, processes and development completed the list, the Telegraph reported.
"We work with many different types of professionals and hear all kinds of voices during our work," Leah Willersdorf, of the BIVR, said.
"However, when it comes to the English language it always seems to be the same few words that verbally trip people up, with the speaker having to repeat the word in order to get it right, or just abandoning their attempts and moving on."
BIVR members were quizzed by the team behind the word game Scrabble.
The words buffs said that one in 10 players admit to being reluctant to produce words that they cannot pronounce.
University of York sociolinguistics expert Professor Paul Kerswill said the English language has evolved to compensate for tricky pronunciations but some words still remain a challenge.
"People always find a way of simplifying words that they find difficult to get their tongues round, so that an everyday word like 'handbag' sounds like 'hambag'," he said.
"Our forebears simplified 'waistcoat' to 'weskit' - but we've turned our backs on that.
"We certainly don't pronounce Worcester and Gloucester the way they are spelt any more. And 'York' used to have three syllables, not one. And most people talk about 'Febry' and 'Wensday'," he added.