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What is the most difficult word to pronounce in the English language?


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2010-09-28 04:02:33
2010-09-28 04:02:33

Two words, the combination does the trick. Purportedly posed by allied troops to Germans, camouflageing to be allied troops: 'Please say: several months'

With the intent to pronounce correctly this is supposed to become a stumblesome effort...

Well, this is just not true, "several months" is very easy one.

The most difficult word to pronounce correctly in English is:



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