CARSON — Mispronounced words lead to misunderstandings, a former broadcaster warns.
"Even if you have an avid audience, they have trouble concentrating on what you are saying rather than how you say it if you mispronounce a word, and especially a common one," said Douglas Spangler, associate vice president for university relations at Cal State Dominguez Hills and a veteran radio announcer and media critic.
Spangler finds the increasing number of broadcasters who mispronounce words particularly disconcerting. He has compiled a list of what he calls the seven most commonly mispronounced words in the English language.
1. Arctic-- Many people erroneously leave out the "c."
2. Realtor-- Spangler complains that even people in the industry insert an extra "la" in the middle of the word.