Learn the most difficult words in the English language! English has a lot of rules and truisms. For example, if “a” and “u” are put together in a word, they will make the sound, “aw”. And if “g-h-t” comes at the end of a word, the g-h will be silent. The rules are there, obviously, to help us find our way through the challenging maze that is the English language.
And the guidelines do help.
Yet, every day, we use words that seem to thumb their noses at rules. They simply refuse to follow any expected route. That’s simply because they are such difficult words. They might be hard to say or cause a problem when reading. These kinds of words might even be tough to pronounce. Here are a few —
The Most Difficult Words in the English Language to SPELL Correctly
There is no way to tell that the letter between the t and the b is supposed to be an “i”. Except to just know.
This is misspelled FREQUENTLY. Be careful.
There is never a clue whether that “a” really ought to be an “a”. It simply has to be remembered.
The “i” before “e’ rule doesn’t work here.
This is hard to spell because the word doesn’t exist. Aleve is a pain reliever/anti-inflammatory. If you wish to get rid of pain, you ALLEVIATE it.
This is a coin worth five cents. It is very easy to think it should be spelled more like “tickle”.
The Most Difficult Words in the English Language to PRONOUNCE Correctly
The “x” is said at nearly the same time as the “th”. In order to accomplish this, the speaker has to modify the ‘x” sound a bit and raise the tongue higher than usual while saying the “th”. Not an easy word at all.
They’re cute, but a person’s tongue could cramp with all the moves necessary to say this word.
These two words are spelled exactly alike, except for the S in front of the second word. Still, the first one is laughter, as in what happens when someone tickles your toes. Laughter is pronounced “LAFF-ter”. The second word is about as far from laughter as possible—to slaughter is to kill. It is pronounced, “SLAW-ter”.
Pronounced “RER-ruhl”. Try saying THAT word three times fast.
Pronounced “KWY-er”. Strange, yes. But boy can they sing.
February has an “r” before “u”, which gets caught in a lot of people’s tongues.
The Most Difficult Words in the English Language to READ Correctly
According to all the rules, this word ought to read, “uh-NEE-mown”. But this wildflower, which is the buttercup’s cousin, ignores what it is “supposed” to do. It is pronounced “uh-NEH-muh-nee.”
This one may have you grinding your teeth since it belongs in all three categories. It can be hard to spell correctly and hard to pronounce correctly, as well as be a problem while reading.
This one is messed up so often, even people born in English-speaking households often mispronounce it. The “w” is silent.
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Most Difficult Words In the English Language