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Why do we mispronounce words?

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Facade, colonel, awry, omniscience, espresso, queue, jaguar, silicon, caramel, pecan, ask, nuclear. Why do these words (and so many others) get mispronounced so often? Is it communication chaos or the epitome of how language evolves and adapts across cultures over time?

This episode of Otherwords discusses mispronunciations and other linguistic phenomena that can make languages interesting and challenging all at once.

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Sociolinguist Dr. Erica Brozovsky shares some history and common origins of spoonerisms, familects, sociolects, hypercorrections, hyperforeignisms, metatheses, tonal languages, the evolution of language, and more.

Note: The video contains a few brief but intense DaVinci Code clips just after the 4-minute mark. Screen as needed for younger viewers.

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