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The “Ex” Factor: Misspellings and Pronunciations

Posted by languageandgrammar on April 11, 2008

Ex– words seem to be particularly prone to mispronunciations, and to a lesser extent misspellings, and if they’re not caught early, then they can be a challenge to correct—but who doesn’t like a good challenge?


Expecially is an especially perplexing English grammar error. It has the word special in it, so there really shouldn’t be so much trouble remembering the correct word, which is especially.


Espresso is often pronounced incorrectly as expresso.  Maybe people get confused because of how quickly the caffeine can hit them (hence, express-o), but it’s still just espresso.


Well, if you’re prone to saying expresso and expecially, then I can see why you also say excape. (Even just writing those words makes me squinch my face as if I’d just bitten into a lemon rind.) The correct word is escape, as in the scape escapes the underground and becomes part of the landscape. (Try saying that one ten times fast—without the caffeine!)



Sherry’s Grammar List and Paul’s book–Literally, the Best Language Book Ever


2 Responses to “The “Ex” Factor: Misspellings and Pronunciations”

  1. angus25 said

    i think you should consider other “ex” words, such as example and exaggerate. the “ex” in these words is pronounced with a hard g, as in the word egg. well, that’s what i was told. i’m no master of english. 🙂

    Reply: Thanks for the idea.

  2. Gabe said

    This drives me nuts, too. I was watching a well known film and listening to the commentary recently. Low and behold, the writer of the movie says excape, quite often. I thought, if the writer of a near billion dollar movie (it was one of the Pirates of the Carribean movies) says this, what is this world coming to? It was absolutely ridiculous. I also hear this every day from regular people. I wonder where it comes from, as they don’t teach it in schools.

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