There are some words that you read more than you hear. Because of this, you might have come up with your own way of saying them out loud that isn’t quite right.
I for one remember struggling as a child to work out how the name Hermione would be pronounced in real life, while working my way through the Harry Potter books – thank goodness for the films!
But it’s not just character names that can cause issue, brand names also can be difficult, as one food blogger has recently discovered.
Australian healthy eating blogger Leah Itsines took to Instagram recently to reveal she had teamed up with Maille Mustard – but she soon found out she’d been saying ‘Maille’ wrong for years.
How do you pronounce it?
While sharing her recipe for a maple pumpkin breakfast, she explained that for the last 25 years she’s been calling the brand ‘Mally’.
But it turns out it’s actually meant to be pronounced in French and sound like the word ‘My’.
She wrote: “I’m working with the legends at @MailleAustralia. My mum and I have been using their mustards for YEARS (especially the Dijon and the wholegrain) and could not believe that I had been saying their name wrong all this time (sorry you guys haha!!) It’s pronounced ‘MY’ Mustards!”
Her post quickly went viral and even Maille Australia got involved in the discussion, writing: “Looks amazing! And yes, you are spot on for how to pronounce our name!”
This isn’t the only food pronunciation blunder people have made of late.
Last month, fans of MasterChef were left shocked when they discovered that Maggi noodles isn’t pronounced ‘Mag-ee’ as they had always assumed.
Instead it is said ‘Madge-y’, with a hard D sound int he middle.
This was revealed in a 10-second television advert aired during an episode of MasterChef, in which the voiceover pronounced it correctly.
People immediately took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the discovery.
Many were quick to acknowledge their confusion, with some even going as far as to say they felt like they had been “lied” to their entire lives.