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Two of the most mispronounced words of 2017 were Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein

It's official - Gadot and Weinstein are hard to pronounce

    Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein
    Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein

    Two of the most mispronounced words of 2017 were in fact Jewish surnames - Gadot (as in Gal) and Weinstein (as in Harvey).

    As readers of the JC, you may not find this surprising, and it is something Gadot herself has lamented in the press recently.

    The news comes from a list produced by Babbel magazine, published by the language learning app. Babbel spoke to professional subtitlers at the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters, the U.S. Captioning Company, and National Captioning Canada, to find out the most consistently mispronounced words of 2017.

    Gadot was number five on the list of the 10 most mispronounced words in the US, and Weinstein was number 10. Their descriptions were as follows:

    Gal Gadot (/ˈɡal ɡaˈdot/; gal gah-dott
    The Israeli actress who starred in the box office hit Wonder Woman in May. Her name is often mispronounced with a silent "t."

    Weinstein (/ˈwaɪnstaɪn/; wine-stine
    The surname of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, which became "a noun and a verb" according to the actor Tom Hanks. Linguists have debated Weinstein’s pronunciation of his own name, which strictly — some argue — should rhyme with Einstein.

    The disgraced Weinstein also made it to number nine in the UK. Canadians it seems either have no problem pronouncing Jewish names - or don't find us interesting enough to talk about.

    You can read the full list here.

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