The popular destination of Clare has just been named on a map of place names people always mispronounce – alongside Montreal, Phuket and Dubai.
The Preply language learning platform used Google search data to reveal a list of the most mispronounced places on the planet, analyzing 68 different vacation hotspots in the study.
Amy Pritchett, Learning Success Manager at Preply, said, “There’s nothing more embarrassing than arriving at a new vacation destination and mispronouncing its name in front of a local, especially if you’re messing up the regional accent. .
“To avoid this awkward encounter, we’ve researched the most commonly mispronounced places, so you never have to worry about those tongue twisters again.
“When you learn to pronounce these place names correctly, I encourage you to speak like a native – or at least a savvy tourist.”
The study concluded that most people incorrectly pronounce the Cliffs of Moher as phonetic ‘Mohair’, when it should sound more like ‘Plus’.
“Cliffs of Mower?” Mohair cliffs? More cliffs? Cliffs of Moher is pronounced “plus,” you don’t say the “h,” much like “mower” without the loud “w” sound, Preply added.
Topping the list as the most mispronounced place in the world is Cannes in France.
Many tourists make the mistake of stating the “s” at the end of the word, which is rarely done in French.
In second place is the River Thames in London, which is often mispronounced as ‘Thaymz’ when it should sound more like ‘Temz’.
Preply said: “Historians believe that King George I of Great Britain, who was the first to rule from a royal house of German descent (the House of Hanover), was unable to make the sound of ‘th in “Thames” and pronounced as “Temmes” instead.
“No one was willing to correct the king, that’s why it’s been called the ‘Temz’ river ever since.”
Other tourist hotspots on the list include Laos, the Louvre in Paris, Ibiza and Yosemite National Park in California.