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Photo: Bangkok Click Studio (Shutterstock) If you said pronounced the words above as duh- trai -tus , ti -nuh-tuhs , and chaach -kee , well done. You nailed it. If not, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Preply found that 44% of people have mispronounced or misused a phrase for more than a year before finding out. The same study found that eight in 10 “get annoyed when they hear a word or phrase used incorrectly.” That you? Because it’s me. However , do I go around correcting the mispronunciations? Unless it’s my husband or kids, no. I choose life. And to be a polite, non-pedantic person, generally. But in Preply’s survey, 66% of respondents said it was OK to correct someone (even if they weren’t asked to do so) and 87% have corrected someone’s pronunciation, with one in five having corrected a stranger . There was some discrepancy between generations with 69% of millennials believing that correcting someone is acceptable, while only 56% of baby boomers felt the same. (Which begs the question: What about Gen X? But we digress.) Why you shouldn’t correct someone’s English Don’t you just love when you’re doing something to the best of your ability and someone—who you may not even know—unsolicited, tells you the “right” way to do it? Even better when this is in front of other people, or during an argument. Which brings me to the first reason not to correct others’ pronunciation: It’s rude. There are many […]