Can you say the most commonly mispronounced brand names?

Can you pronounce these brand names? Our team at CenturyLink took a look at the most commonly mispronounced brand names and how to say them.

Retail is an ever evolving and growing industry, which makes it difficult for many brands to gain long term success. Still, there are many brands across the world with staying power, ranging from fashion icons like Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent to carmaker Hyundai.

While these brands are well established and offer high-quality products, many people still aren’t sure how to pronounce them. We surveyed 1,500 Americans to uncover the most commonly mispronounced brand names by generation and narrowed down our results to the top 10 overall. Let’s see which popular brands made our list and learn their proper pronunciations!

The top 10 most mispronounced brand names

Methodology

To gather responses for the survey we used Pollfish, a market research software that allowed us to collect insights and results in real time. We gathered a total of 1,500 responses across the United States. This allowed us to analyze the responses across generations.

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Interesting findings

  • 50% of the participants selected (Porsh) and 14% selected (Por-shee), which are both incorrect pronunciations of the German luxury car brand Porsche. Only 35% of people selected the correct pronunciation (Por-shuh).
  • 41% of the GenZ participants selected (Huhn-die) and 23% selected High-un-day, which are both  incorrect pronunciations of the South Korean automotive company Hyundai. Only 35% of people selected the correct pronunciation (Huhn-day).
  • 44% of participants selected (Eevs-saint-lew-rant) and 18% selected (Ihvs-saan-lor-ent), which are both incorrect pronunciations of the luxury fashion brand Yves Saint Laurent. Only 38% of people selected the correct pronunciation (Eev-saan-law-raant).
  • 45% of the Millennial participants selected (Nuh-teh-luh) and 11% selected (Nut-la), which are both incorrect pronunciations of the brand Nutella. Only 44% of people selected the correct pronunciation (Noo-teh-luh).
  • 43% of participants selected (Giv-en-shee) and 28% selected (Zhee-vin-chee), which are both incorrect pronunciations of the French luxury brand Givenchy. Only 29% of people selected the correct pronunciation (Zhee-vaan-shee).

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