You have definitely used these slangs. Every. Single. Day. You can write them down, but if someone asks you to read them out loud, can you do that? If you cannot, this article is for you.
- Meaning: It is used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included
- Shouldn’t: “ee-tee-see” or “et-see”
- Should: “et-se-tə-rə”
- Alternatives: and other things, and so forth,…
- Meaning: As Soon As Possible
- Should: “ay-es-ay-pee” or “ay-sap”
- Alternatives: urgently, as soon as you can,…
- Meaning: An idea that spreads like a virus by word of mouth, email, blogs, etc.
- Shouldn’t: “mey-mey”
- Should: “mi:m”
- Alternatives: a viral idea, a phenomenon,…
- Meaning: Rolling On the Floor Laughing, used to indicate great amusement at something
- Shouldn’t: This is not actually wrong, but pronouncing “ar-əu-ef-el” is kind of difficult for the mouth.
- Should: “raw-fəl”. Much simpler and shorter.
- Alternatives: that is hilarious, it’s too funny I wanna scream,…
- Meaning: Graphics Interchange Format: a lossless format for image files that supports both animated and static images.
- Shouldn’t: “gif”
- Should: “jif”. Trust me. That’s what the format’s creator says.
- Meaning: making a humming sound so that someone can notice
- Shouldn’t: “bu:z” or ”boo-z”
- Should: “bə-z”
- Alternatives: ping, hey, holler…
- Meaning: Laugh Out Loud
- Shouldn’t: “loul” is still correct, but is rarely used as it may confuse the listener.
- Should: “ell-o-ell”
- Alternatives: haha, that’s very funny, that’s hilarious,…
There you go! From now on, you can be completely confident if you ever come across these words again. Next time, amaze all your friends with your proud and correct pronunciation, and let them wonder how on earth could you be so good at English. Cheers!
Source: english.stackexchange.com, englishtown.com