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One of the most unique things about living in Cajun Country is that we have our own dialect of english. There are things that we say here that no one could decipher unless they were raised here, or have been living here for an elongated period of time. There is a distinct southern 'twang' once you go west or north of Acadiana, and then there is the 'Yat' dialect that is associated with New Orleans.

But regardless of the dialect, we all mispronounce words. Sometimes when I'm unsure of the proper pronunciation of a word, I just avoid it altogether, lol. I believe it was Abe Lincoln that once said that

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

But sometimes we have to open our mouths, use this awesome guide I found from Primer Magazine and learn the ten most important words to pronounce correctly to make us sound way smarter, or at the very least, knowledgeable about our own language.

 
One of the most unique things about living in Cajun Country is that we have our own dialect of english. There are things that we say here that no one could decipher unless they were raised here, or have been living here for an elongated period of time. There is a distinct southern 'twang' once you go west or north of Acadiana, and then there is the 'Yat' dialect that is associated with New Orleans.

ATHLETE

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: ath-a-leet 

Correct Pronunciation: ath-leet

 

ESCAPE / ESPRESSO / ET CETERA

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: ex-cape / ex-presso / ex-set-err-uh

Correct Pronunciation: ess-cape / ess-presso / ett-set-err-uh

 

NUCLEAR

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: nuke-you-lerr

Correct Pronunciation: new-clee-err

 

PRESCRIPTION / PREROGATIVE

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: purr-scrip-shun / purr-ogg-uh-tiv

Correct Pronunciation: pre-scrip-shun / pre-rogg-uh-tiv

 

UTMOST

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: up-most

Correct Pronunciation: utt-most

 

CANDIDATE

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: can-uh-dett  

Correct Pronunciation: can-da-dett

 

SHERBET

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: sherr-berrt

Correct Pronunciation: sherr-bet

 

AWRY

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: aww-ree

Correct Pronunciation: uh-rye

 

FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: for all intensive purposes

Correct Pronunciation: for all intents and purposes

 

OFTEN

 

 
 

Incorrect Pronunciation: off-ten

Correct Pronunciation: off-en