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Robert Wabash
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What are some of the most overused, mispronounced words people use to try to sound smarter? There are plenty of pretentious vocabulary words people frequently mispronounce. The English language is a mash-up of so many different languages and influences that it can be hard to keep up with new additions, but some words are just so impossible it seems like they're trying to screw you up on purpose. Below are some of the worst examples of pretentious, unpronounceable words people use to try to sound cool.
Oeuvre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce
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UHH-vv -- An individual artist's entire body of work. Kind of hard to pronounce even when you technically do know how to pronounce it, honestly.
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Açaí is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce
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ah-sah-EE -- An extremely overpriced berry that mostly contains stuff you can get from orange juice.
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Ennui is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce
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on-WEE -- A consuming, Goth-like sense of boredom.
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Pho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Pretentious Words You Secretly Don't Know How to Pronounce
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FUH -- Most people mispronounce the name of this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, causing them to tragically miss out on a universe of immature jokes and puns.
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