The upside of being a voracious reader is that you develop a great vocabulary. The downside is, since you’ve often only seen the written form, you don’t actually know how to pronounce said vocabulary words. The very worst is when, in the manner of MTV Diaries, you think you know… but you have no idea.
As both a bohemian bookworm and social butterfly, I notice such slip-ups all the time (and have been guilty of them, on occasion). Some of the most common mispronunciations I hear are “conspicuous” (pronounced con-spi-CU-us, fyi) and facade (pronounced, fa-sod, don’t ask me why).
Have you ever been guilty of a literary-inspired mispronunciation, or heard one reoccur in conversations? Weigh in in the comments below!