Grammar Grappler #4: Sherbet
For four decades, I have been mispronouncing this word.
I have been saying “sher-bert,” even though there is no “r” in the second syllable. For that matter, I’ve probably been spelling it incorrectly all these years as well.
Sherbet is a sweet frozen dessert similar to ice cream yet made from fruit or fruit juices as its base. It does contain some milk. As a young girl, I recall ordering the rainbow “sher-bert” every time my family visited Baskin Robbins. To this day, no one ever corrected my pronunciation.
It makes me wonder about other words I’ve been mispronouncing unknowingly. What about you? Do you have similar examples that surprised you when you discovered the true pronunciation? Do share. You are among friends.
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