The pop singer's name has made it to the top of the list of the most frequently mispronounced words in the USA – and Switzerland is apparently lacking too.

Using a street survey, we wanted to find out how people on the streets of Zurich pronounce the name of the pop singer Billie Eilish. We'll also show you how to really pronounce it.

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  • An American subtitling company published a list of the most frequently mispronounced words in 2021.

  • This includes – in addition to terms such as Omikron, Dogecoin and Shein – the name of the American pop singer Billie Eilish (19).

  • In the video above, we show you how passers-by in Zurich pronounce the name – and how it is actually pronounced.

Who has ever wondered how to use the surname the US pop singer Billie Eilish correctly pronounces it is not alone. The term made it to the top of the list of most commonly mispronounced words in 2021. How to actually pronounce the name – and how it is pronounced by people on Zürcher Strassen – you can find out in the video above.

The ranking was published by the American subtitling company “US Captioning Company”. Using an extensive survey, the company found which words and names would be the most difficult for news anchors and TV personalities to pronounce in 2021.

These words are still on the list

In addition to Billie Eilish, the following words also made it to the top of the list:

Omikron , the name of the new Covid variant. According to the Babbel language app, “OH-mee-kraan” is pronounced in English.

Glasgow , the name of the Scottish city where the COP26 climate conference took place. According to the BBC news portal, both Joe Biden and Barack Obama have mispronounced the name. The city is pronounced “GLAHZ-go” in English.

Shein , the name of a Chinese fast fashion chain. The chain “SHEE-in”, known worldwide for its inexpensive clothing, is pronounced in English.

Stefanos Tsitsipas , the number four of the best tennis players in the world, who will make it to the French Open in 2021 -Finals made it. His name is pronounced in English according to the language app “STEH-fuh-nohs TSEE-tsee-pas”.

Dogecoin , the cryptocurrency popularized by Elon Musk. In English it is pronounced “DOHJ-coin”.

Ever Given is also on the list, the name of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal this year. The term shouldn't be difficult to pronounce (“Ev-er Giv-en”), but it was often confused with “Evergreen” – the name of the company that owned the ship.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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