Each year, new words make their way into the national conversation, either through a news event or big moment in pop culture. And how to properly pronounce these words can prove challenging.
This year, Americans bungled the name of "Wonder Woman" actress Gal Gadot; chuckled when President Donald Trump tried on a Spanish accent when saying Puerto Rico' and scratched their heads and wondered, "WTH is a dotard?"
That's the conclusion of language-learning app Babbel. It commissioned US Captioning Company, an organization for captioning professionals, to identify prominent words in 2017 that were tough for people on TV to say.
Here is Babbel's list of the top 10 mispronounced words in 2017, complete with how to say them so you don't keep butchering them. (You're welcome.)
Bokeh (boh-keh): A Japanese word referring to the out-of-focus areas of a photograph, and the name of an American science-fiction film.
Coulrophobia (cool-ruh-foh-bee-ah): The term for a fear of clowns, which saw a surge in popularity with the release of the film adaptation of Stephen King's "It."
Gal Gadot (gal gah-dott): She's the Israeli actress who starred in the box office hit "Wonder Woman" in May. Her last name is sometimes mispronounced with a silent "t."
Nuclear (noo-klee-ar): An energy source and form of missile armament. (NOT PRONOUNCED noo-kyoo-lar.)
Pyongyang (pyong-yang): The capital of North Korea
"Ultimately," says Katja Wilde, Babbel's head of