I can write quite fluidly…words can just flow….but when it comes to actually speaking, sometimes I can get rather tongue tied.

There are some words that for whatever reason, my brain will not process and I just can’t seem to say them!

Yet English is my first…and only…language!

So for My Friday Five this week, I have put together a list of words that cause problems for me and my brain…


Aptitude (ap-ti-tood)

What it means : capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent

No idea why this one causes me trouble, but it does…I get stuck in the middle for some reason and then try to add another syllable!

Defibrillator (dee-fahy-bruh-ley-ter)

What it means: a device for arresting fibrillation of the atrial or ventricular muscles of the heart.

I don’t think I am the only one who has trouble with this word…there was an ad on a local radio station about defibrillators, and the guy speaking never quite said it correctly…which means I have no hope.

I have to resort to the good old Aussie way of shortening the word…”defib” I can handle!

And thankfully, I have never had to use one!

Caricature (kar-i-kuh-cher)

What it means: a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things

I had forgotten about this one, until I had to attempt to say it the other day…I gave up…

Phenomenon (fi-nomuh-non, -nuh n)

What it means : a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable

I have trouble spelling this one, let alone saying it.

When the movie “Phenomenon” starring John Travolta in 1996, I was totally unable to pronounce it!

And I still can’t all these years later!

Encephalopathy (en-sef-uhlopuh-thee)

What it means : any degenerative disease of the brain, often associated with toxic conditions

This is a horrible condition, often associated with liver disease, but thankfully my husband never experienced it, even when he was at his sickest before transplant.

Which meant I never had to actually say it…which was good…because I can’t!

You try…I dare you!

 Are there any words you struggle with? Please share in the comments below!

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