Use this cheat sheet so you’ll always be prepared.

By Real SimpleSarah Yang and Sarah Yang / Real Simple
Updated: October 25, 2016
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Have you ever stopped talking in the middle of a sentence because you were unsure of how to pronounce a word and didn’t want to embarrass yourself? Or maybe, you’ve watched a video on how to say a certain word over and over again for practice. Well, is here to help. The site just released a list of 30 commonly mispronounced words, based on lexicographer research and data on the number of plays each word receives through its audio pronunciation feature.

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On the list, the majority of the words are food-related, including quinoa, turmeric, and Worcestershire. While the other pronunciations can also settle a divide amongst friends when someone thinks his or her own way of saying something is the right way, when he or she’s actually butchering it: mischievous (commonly mispronounced as mis-chee-vee-us), sherbet (also known incorrectly as shur-bert), and espresso (it’s not ex-pres-oh!). 

Take a look at the list below to test your own pronunciation smarts:

  1. affidavit [af-i-dey-vit]
  2. almond [ah-muh nd, am-uh nd]
  3. beget [bih-get]
  4. cache [kash]
  5. caramel [kar-uh-muh l, -mel, kahr-muh l]
  6. coupon [koo-pon, kyoo-]
  7. croissant [French krwah-sahnEnglish kruh-sahnt
  8. epitome [ih-pit-uh-mee]
  9. espresso [e-spres-oh]
  10. et cetera [et set-er-uhse-truh]
  11. façade [fuh-sahd, fa-] 
  12. fiery [fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree]
  13. genre [zhahn-ruhFrench zhahn-ruh]
  14. haute [oht]
  15. hyperbole [hahy-pur-buh-lee]
  16. lambaste [lam-beyst, -bast]
  17. mauve [mohv]
  18. mischievous [mis-chuh-vuh s]
  19. niche [nich]
  20. peony [pee-uh-nee]
  21. prerogative [pri-rog-uh-tiv, puh-rog-]
  22. quinoa [keen-wah, kee-noh-uh]
  23. reservoir [rez-er-vwahr, -vwawr, -vawr, rez-uh-]
  24. salmon [sam-uh n]
  25. sherbet [shur-bit]
  26. turmeric [tur-mer-ik]
  27. verbiage [vur-bee-ij]
  28. Weimaraner [vahy-muh-rah-ner, wahy-, wahy-muh-rey-]
  29. whet [hwet, wet]
  30. Worcestershire [woo s-ter-sheer, -sher]