I thought we’d do something fun and interesting today! From what I can remember, I’ve said FOUR beauty-related things wrong for the LONGEST time. I seriously can’t believe no one pointed them out to me. But I guess that makes sense since I don’t really talk about skin care in real life. It’s just you Internet peeps! Keep mind that when I type out pronunciations, I’m not using the official system or whatever, I’m just piecing together words that I know sound like a given syllable.
1. Vitamin E or Tocopherol. I used to say it as [toe-koh-FAIR-ul]. Fail I know. According to Dictionary.com, it’s actually [toh-KOF-uh-rawl, -rol]. I basically displaced the stressed syllable.
2. Vitamin A (in the skin) or Tretinoin. I used to say it as [tre-ti-NO-in]. It was because (all-trans) retinoic acid, the chemical name for tretinoin, is pronounced like that: [re-ti-NO-ic] acid. It’s so true that, to assume something is to make an ASS out of U and ME. Haha! Anyways, it’s pronounced [tre-TI-no-in]. Again, the incorrectly placed stress was the culprit.
3. Emollient. I used to say it as [ee-MOH-lee-ent], when it’s actually pronounced as [ih-MOL-yuhnt]. So I used the wrong sound for the first and second syllables, and I even managed to add an additional syllable at the end. How in the world I scored a perfect on the Writing portion of the SAT is beyond me! Well, I did blow a dandelion into the wind for luck. Lol!!
4. Sephora. Okay this last one is probably the most ridiculous. Until someone told me I was saying it wrong, I pronounced this as [SEH-fur-uh]. I’m ashamed (not really) to say it, but I got it from the Final Fantasy villian Sephiroth, which is pronounced similarly [SEH-fur-oth]. COME ON! You can’t blame me! It’s my inner (okay I lied, outer) gaming nerd talking! I mean, they both look so similar in spelling and since I hadn’t encountered similar words, at least that I knew of, how ELSE was I supposed to pronounce it?! You can imagine the first time I brought up Sephora with a friend, and she’s like, WTF IS THAT?! LOL!
Anyways, I thought this would be a super fun topic. If I had a YT channel, I’d definitely start this as a TAG video and TAG a few of my friends. But alas, it’s not. What about you guys; I’d love to hear and laugh about your mistakes too.