Have you been pronouncing these 13 words incorrectly your whole life?

Raise your hand if you've been saying the 'T' in 'often'

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group

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We all have them: words that we're not 100% sure we're spelling or saying right.

Of course, language is ever-evolving and people in different parts of the country might say a certain word other than the way you say it at home -- for example, "caramel." How do you say it? KARR-uh-mel? KARR-uh-muhl? KAR-muhl?

Anyway, we did some Googling and rounded up some words that seem to be mispronounced a lot. Read on and we'll show you how to say them!

1.) Cache

If you're having computer problems, someone might advise you to "clear your cache." But how do you say "cache?"

The verdict: "Kash"
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2.) Often

You know what this word means: Many times or frequently. But are you pronouncing it correctly? (Hint: no T!)

The verdict: "Aa-fn"
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3.) Espresso

Notice there's no "X" when you're talking about espresso, which is strong black coffee. So, how do you say it then?

The verdict: "Uh·spreh·sow"
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4.) Gyro

A delish sandwich. (Which is pronounced how?)

The verdict: "Yee·roh"
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5.) Environment

The circumstances or conditions surrounding you. Do you say the N? (Spoiler alert: Yes).

The verdict: "Uhn·vai·urn·muhnt"
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6.) Nuclear

"Of, relating to, or constituting a nucleus," according to m-w.com. So you pronounce it how?

The verdict: "Noo·klee·ur"
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7.) Sherbet

Like ice cream, but not nearly as good. Many people are known to say, "Sure – burt." But actually ...

The verdict: "Shur·buht"
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8.) Pho

A savory Vietnamese noodle soup. It looks like it would be prounced "foe," when in fact:

The verdict: "Fuh"
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9.) Niche

A place or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted -- "she finally found her niche." How do I say that out loud?

The verdict: "Neesh"
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10.) Açaí

You've probably heard of these berries. They're edible, blackish-purple little things. But how do you say the word without sounding silly?

The verdict: "Aa·saa·ee"
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11.) Quinoa

A grain crop often found in healthy dishes. In case you're wondering, it's ...

The verdict: "Keen·waa"
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12.) Hyperbole

A big exaggeration. Tell me you don't say "hyper-bowl," when in fact, it's:

The verdict: "Hai·pur·buh·lee"
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13.) Specific

Accurate, precise. Does anyone else hate when someone will say "Pacific," like it's a major ocean?

The verdict: "Spuh·si·fuhk"
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