33 Tragically Mispronounced Pop Culture Things

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Admit it: there are so many words (fashion designers, indie bands, GOOP-y foods) that we all mumble through because we're 87 percent sure we're saying them wrong. Or, even more awkward, we attempt to sidestep having to say them at all, which ends up a bit like a game of Catchphrase. ('You know that band? The girls with the perfect Coachella-y hair? They're friends with Taylor Swift?')

To keep you from doing that awkward dance or mumbling through your dinner convos, we rounded up a few dozen of the most common pop culture things people keep mispronouncing, and broke each down into a Right Way vs. Wrong Way syllable-by-syllable guide. Go ahead and study up (the Cannes Film Festival starts next week, for example).

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ACAI (LIKE THE SUPER FOOD)

The Wrong Way: ah-kai

The Right Way: ah-sigh-ee

ANNA FARIS (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: Ann-uh Fer-iss

The Right Way: Aww-nuh Fer-iss

AGAVE (LIKE THE CACTUS)

The Wrong Way: ah-gahv

The Right Way: ah-gah-vay

ANGELA MERKEL (LIKE THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR)

The Wrong Way: Anj-uh-la Muhr-kehl

The Right Way: Eng-uh-la Muhr-kehl

ANN DEMEULEMEESTER (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

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The Wrong Way: Ann Deh-mule-mee-ster

The Right Way: Ann DEH-moo-leh-MEE-ster

BJÖRK (LIKE THE SINGER)

The Wrong Way:, Buh-jork, or Buh-jerk

The Right Way: B-york

BON IVER (LIKE THE BAND)

The Wrong Way: Bahn Eye-vur

The Right Way: Bone Ee-VARE

CANNES (LIKE THE CITY/FILM FESTIVAL)

The Wrong Way: Kan

The Right Way: Kahn or Can-z

CHLOE SEVIGNY (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: KLO-ee SEV-ee-nee

The Right Way: KLO-ee SEV-uh-nee

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN (LIKE THE SHOE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: Chris-tin Loo-boo-TIN

The Right Way: CHRISH-tee-ahn Loo-boo-TAHN

COUTURE (LIKE THE MADE-TO-ORDER CLOTHING)

The Wrong Way: co-toor

The Right Way: coo-toor

DEADMAU5 (LIKE THE DJ)

The Wrong Way: Ded Mau-fai-v

The Right Way: Dead Mau-ss

DIE ANTWOORD (LIKE THE BAND)

The Wrong Way: Dai-Ant-werd

The Right Way: Dee ANT-vword

DEMI MOORE (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: DUH-mee Moor

The Right Way: Dem-ee Moor

GIF (LIKE THE ANIMATED IMAGES)

The Wrong Way: gif

The Right Way: jif

GIVENCHY (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: giv-in-chee

The Right Way: jhee-von-shee

GOTYE (LIKE THE BAND)

The Wrong Way: goat-yay

The Right Way: GAW-tee-yay

HAIM (LIKE THE BAND)

The Wrong Way: hame

The Right Way: hahy-uhm

JULIANNE HOUGH (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: Joo-lee-ann How

The Right Way: Joo-lee-ann Huff

LYKKE LI (LIKE THE SINGER)

The Wrong Way: Lee-kee Lee

The Right Way: Lick-ee Lee

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: nar-SEES-oh Rod-ree-gez

The Right Way: Nar-SIS-oh Rah-DREE-gez

NICOLAS GHESQUIÈRE (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: Nik-oh-lis Guess-k-yair

The Right Way: Nee-coh-lah Guess-k-yair

PRABAL GURUNG (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: Prub-ehl Goo-roong

The Right Way: Praw-bal Goo-roong

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: Kwuh-ven-johnny Wall-iss

The Right Way: Kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay Wall-iss

RALPH FIENNES (LIKE THE ACTOR)

The Wrong Way: RAL-ff Fi-EHN-es

The Right Way: Rafe F-eye-nz ines

ROCHAS (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: Roh-SHA

The Right Way: ROW-shahs

RYAN PHILLIPPE (LIKE THE ACTOR)

The Wrong Way: Ry-en Fill-ip

The Right Way: Ry-en Fill-up-pay

SAOIRSE RONAN (LIKE THE ACTRESS)

The Wrong Way: Sore-see Ronan

The Right Way: Seer-shah Ron-in

SADE (LIKE THE SINGER)

The Wrong Way: Sayd

The Right Way: Sha-day

SHISEIDO (LIKE THE MAKEUP BRAND)

The Wrong Way: She-sigh-doe

The Right Way: She-say-doe

SRIRACHA (LIKE THE HOT SAUCE)

The Wrong Way: Sir-rah-cha, Sree-rah-cha, or Siri-rah-cha

The Right Way: See-rah-cha

SUFJAN STEVENS (LIKE THE SINGER)

The Wrong Way: Suf-jin Stee-vehns

The Right Way: SOOF-yawn Stee-vehns

THAKOON (LIKE THE DESIGNER)

The Wrong Way: THA-koon or TUH-koon

The Right Way: Taa-koon

By the writers at ELLE.com.

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