With the success of “Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot was the much talked star and while Harvey Weinstein became synonymous with the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood and both names Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein were some of the most difficult to pronounce names of 2017.
According to a survey commissioned by the language- learning app Babbel, reported Entertainment Weekly “Gal Gadot”, “coulrophobia” ( an irrational fear of clowns) and “Weinstein” are among the top mispronounced words of 2017.
Gadot’s name, for example, is pronounced with a soft T (‘gah-dott’) rather than a silent one. Stephen King adaptation “It” may have contributed to the popularity of “Coulrophobia”. The word is pronounced ‘cool- ruh-foh-bee-ah’.
Weinstein will be forever linked to the biggest sexual harassment scandals and the subsequent movement against it, calls himself ‘wine-steen’ but the linguists are of the opinion that his name should be pronounced as ‘wine-stine’.
Rounding out the top 10 list of mispronounced words in the US are ‘bokeh’, ‘dotard’, ‘fibromyalgia’, ‘Namibia’, ‘nuclear’, ‘Puerto Rico’ and ‘Pyongyang’.