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Even if you’re not quite at John Travolta levels when pronouncing celebrity names (yup, we’re still stuck on Adele Dazeem-gate), odds are you’ve still butchered a few—even if you don’t know it.
In the interest of never embarrassing yourself again, here’s a guide to 25 celebrity names you’re pronouncing wrong—and how to say ’em the right way.
You’re saying: Ree-AHHHH-nah
How it’s pronounced: Ree-AN-uh”
Rhymes with Banana, folks.
You’re saying: Scor-SAY-see
How it’s pronounced: “Scor-SEZ-ee”
“Tell Paramount Martin sez it’s DiCaprio or nobody!”
You’re saying: ZOH-see-ah; ZOH-sigh-ugh-; ZOO-sha
How it’s prounced: ZA-sha (like Sasha)
“Like it rhymes with Sasha, only slightly more ‘o’ sounding. It’s easy once you know,” the “Girls” star explained to Metro. Now you know.
You’re saying: WHY-sss; Whites
How it’s pronounced: VI-ce
The actress has said that Americans can’t properly say her surname, but everyone in London gets it right. Unless the “everyone” she’s referring to is a skilled group of linguists specializing in Eastern European dialects, we highly doubt that.
You’re saying: CAL-ey Ko-Ko
How it’s pronounced: KAY-lee Kwo-ko
As in: “Have the people on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ joked about anything besides ‘Star Trek’ lately?
“Nope, the jokes are still status kwo.”
What you may have been saying: “THER-on”
How it’s pronounced: “Ther-RONE”
“Wait, she dated Sean Penn after he was such a douche to his ex Robin Wright? Oh well, to each THER-RONE.”
You’re saying: “Phillipe” with a fancy French accent
How it’s pronounced: FIL-Lip-eee
Très pedestrian, non?
You’re saying: EE-Va Mendez
How it’s pronounced: AVA Mendez
Whatever, she had Ryan Gosling’s baby. Moving on …
You’re saying: Lo-HAN
How it’s pronounced: LOW-EN
Girl has bigger problems than how the public says her name, but knowledge is power.
You’re saying: Say-freed, Say-fried
How it’s pronounced: “SIGH-frid”
“I really wanted to like her as Cosette in “Les Mis,” but I just didn’t. SIGH.
You’re saying: Boo-SHEM-ee
How it’s pronounced: BOO-semi
The silent C is actually a nod to his crazy eyes.
You’re saying: Man-jan-nello
How it’s pronounced: Man-GUH-nello
Hard G. Like his abs.
You’re saying: EN-knee-on-go
How it’s really pronounced: En-YON-go
Though if you pronounced it as the Lupita the Most Beautiful Woman in the World-o, you wouldn’t be wrong.
You’re saying: Jaime Lannister from “Game of Thrones.”
How it’s really pronounced: Nee-ko-Lie KO-ster Wall-DOW
You’re saying: RALPH because, well, you can read.
How it’s pronounced: RAY-ff Fine-z
Pretty sure he could have changed the spelling when he got his Actors Equity card. Raf is a cool way to spell it too, dude.
You’re saying: The awesome dude from “12 Years a Slave.”
How it’s pronounced: CHEW-i-tel Ej-i-oh-for
Fun fact: He’s the same guy who married Keira Knightley in “Love, Actually.”
You’re saying: Will FArrel, Will PharRELL
How it’s pronounced: FER-al
As in mangy feline.
You say: Maris-ka Harg-i-tay
How it’s pronounced: “Mah-ri-SH-ka Harg-i-tay
Sh, Detective Benson is about to catch the perp.
You’re saying: Say-oar-se
How it’s pronounced Seer-sha Row-nin
It’s Irish folks.
You’re saying: PAN-eh-tier
How it’s pronounced: PAN-eh-TEE-air
Long name, short girl.
You say: Eye-oh-an GRUF-FUD
How it’s pronounced: YO-an GRIFF-ith
Why didn’t he just spell it the way it sounds? “I’m determined not to lose my name. It’s who I am. It has neither aided my progress nor hampered it. My culture and heritage is a very rich one. So what if it’s difficult for people to pronounce? We all learned how to say Schwarzenegger,” the Welsh actor has said. If you’re reading this Ioan, can you pleasssssse bring back “Ringer”? Thanks, bye.
You’re Saying: Deh-Chanel
We kinda wish we had the word “Chanel” in our last name.
You’re saying: LUH-tifa
How its pronounced: LA-tifah
As in “My name’s Queen Latifah and I was nominated for an Oscar in 2003, la la la.”
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