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ei or EI – Examples: bale = “beil”; whale = “hweil”
æ or Æ – Example: ban = “bæn”
ee or EE – Example: be = “bee”
igh or IGH – Example: tie = “tigh”
i or I – Examples: tip = “tip”
oh or OH – Examples: code = “cohd”; soul = “sohl”; bowl = “bohl”
o or O – Examples: law = “lo”; order = “OR dur”; chocolate = “CHOK lit”
au or AU – Example: out = “aut”
yoo or YOO – Example: duty = “DYOO ti”
oo or O – Example: rule = “rool”
u or U – Example: book = “buk”
oo or OO – Example: moon = “moon”
ur or UR – Example: curve = “kurv”
th or TH – Example: thick or “thik”
Unaccented vowel – uh – Example: fistula = “FISH chuh luh”
zh or ZH – Example: measure = “MEZH ur”
1. abalone. “æb’ uh LOH nee” (not “AH buh lohn”). A delicious seafood.
2. accessory. “æk SES uh ree” (not “æk ses SOH ree”). Subordinate part.
3. acknowledge. “æk NAH lij” (not “æk NOH lej”). Admit; give credit to.
4. acoustic. “uh KOOS tik” (not “uh KOHS tik”). Pertaining to hearing.
5. admirable. “ÆD muhr uh buhl” (not “æd MIR uh buhl”). Worthy of admiration.
6. adolescence. “ad’l ES ens” pronounced minus the “o” (not “uh DOL luh sens”). Period between youth and maturity.
7. advocacy. “ÆD vuh kuh see” (not “uhd VO kuh see”). Active support, especially for a cause.
8. affidavit. “æf i DEI vit” (not “æf i DÆ vit”). A sworn statement in writing.
9. allegedly. “uh LEJ id lee” (not “uh LEJD lee”). Supposedly.
10. almond. “ÆM uhnd” (not “ÆL muhnd”). A delicious nut.
11. alms. “ahmz” (You don’t pronounce the “l”). Money or goods given in charity.
12. alumnae. “uh LAHM nee” (not “uh LAHM nei”). Feminine of alumnus.
13. amoebiasis. “æm’ uh BIGH uh sis” (not “uh mib YAH sis”). Infection caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica.
14. analgesic. “æn uhl JEE zik” (not “æn uhl JE sik”). Pain reliever.
15. any. “EN ee” (not “EY nee”). One chosen at random.
16. applicable. “ÆP li kuh buhl” (not “ahp LEE kuh buhl”). Able to be applied; appropriate.
17. appreciate. “uh PREE shee eit” (not “AHP ree sheit”). To recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of something or someone.
18. associate. “uh SOH shee eit” (not “AH soh sheit”). Colleague.
19. asthma. “AHZ muh” (not “AHST muh”). A respiratory illness often arising from allergies.
20. attaché. “ah tuh SHEI” (not “ah TAT chee”). One assigned to the staff of a diplomatic mission to serve in a given capacity.
21. attorney. “uh TURN nee” (not “uh TOR nee”). A legal agent qualified to act for persons in legal proceedings.
22. awardee. “uh wor DEE” (not “uh WAHR dee”). One that receives an award.
23. bamboo. “bæm BOO” (not “BÆM boo”). Any of various woody mostly tall tropical grasses including some with strong hollow stems used for building, furniture, or utensils.
24. beneficiary. “ben uh FISH ee er ee” (not “buh ne’ fish YAHR ee”). Receiver of benefits.
25. bicuspid. “bigh KAHS pid” (not “BIGH kuhs pid”). Having two points or cusps.
1. Most Disney villains wear red, black, purple, or some combination of the three.
2. The Disney Channel has a live-action movie called Descendants in production that focuses on the children of Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen, and Cruella de Vil.
3. The Evil Queen from Snow White actually has a real name: QUEEN GRIMHILDE. It just SOUNDS terrifying.
4. Queen Grimhilde sits on a peacock throne to symbolize her extreme vanity.
5. The Queen was the first Disney character to ever speak in a feature-length animated movie.
6. Lucille LaVerne voiced both the Queen and the Evil Witch she transforms into. She achieved the change in voice by removing her false teeth, then recording her lines.
7. The Queen’s design was based off of multiple sources, but one was legendary Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.
8. The Queen was ranked #10 on AFI’s list of 50 greatest cinematic villains of all time, just ahead of Michael Corleone from The Godfather.
9. Eleanor Audley not only voiced Maleficent, but also Lady Tremaine (the evil stepmother in Cinderella) and Madame Leota in Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.
10. Maleficent’s design was based off of the devil (her horns), bats (her collar), and medieval Czech designs illustrator Marc Davis found in his house (her flame-like robes).
11. Maleficent’s name in Sleeping Beauty the movie (she isn’t named in the fairytale) comes from the Latin word maleficenta, which means “evil-doing.”
12. Tim Burton was originally supposed to direct the live-action Maleficent movie.
13. Artisans who specialize in fetishware crafted Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent horns for the movie.
14. And Jolie’s children Pax, Zahara, and Vivienne all make cameos in the movie.
15. Cate Blanchett is slated to portray the evil stepmother in 2015’s live-action version of Cinderella.
16. And one of the evil stepsisters (Drizella) is slated to be played by Sophie McShera, who you may know better as Daisy from Downton Abbey.
17. Lady Tremaine is drawn as more realistic than the other villains in Cinderella (Lucifer the cat, her two stepdaughters) to give her a chilling effect.
18. Captain Hook was designed to be a comical villain and a foil for Peter Pan.
19. Walt Disney himself insisted Captain Hook not be killed at the end of Peter Pan because he knew the audience would take a liking to the wily character.
20. Tom Hiddleston (yes, LOKI) voiced Captain Hook in the Disney animated movie Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy.
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