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11 Celebrity Names You've Been Pronouncing Wrong Your Entire Life

Sure, you might be one of the biggest fans of a Hollywood actress, but can you even pronounce her name properly? You know her birthday, net worth, and educational history, but it will be a shame if you do not even know the correct way to call her name. 

Thankfully, you finally have the chance to redeem yourself and be proud of knowing everything properly. Check out 11 celebrity names you've probably been mispronouncing all your life.

11 Celebrity Names You've Been Pronouncing Wrong Your Entire Life

11 Celebrity Names You've Been Pronouncing Wrong Your Entire Life

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1. Shia LaBeouf

1. Shia LaBeouf

You probably think it's "Luh-boof" but in reality, Shia prefers to be called Shia "Luh-buff" as in a "buff" guy. He'll love it!

2. Maya Angelou

2. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of the greatest American poets, so it only makes sense that people should know her better. It's not Maya "Ange-looo", it's actually Maya "An-hell-oh".

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3. Bjork

3. Bjork

Bjork is one of the strangest musicians in the world. However, she is also one of the best artists ever. You don't say "bee-york", you say "bee-yerk."

4. J.K. Rowling

4. J.K. Rowling

If you are Harry Potter and yet you say the first syllable of her surname in the same way you say "pow," you are mistaken. The first syllable in "Rowling" sounds more like "Poe," just like her name, Joanne.

5. Matt Groening 

5. Matt Groening 

If you don't know who Matt Groening is but you're a big fan of The Simpsons and Futurama, you have to redeem yourself. Matt is the creator of both of those shows. His surname is said more like "graining" instead of "groning."

6. Saoirse Ronan

6. Saoirse Ronan

It might seem difficult to pronounce her name, but Saoirse is simply said as "seer-sha" instead of "saor-sie."

7. Rihanna

7. Rihanna

You probably say "Ree-yah-nah" but you should pronounce it as "ree-ann-uh." Either way, you refer to her as RiRi because it's hip.

8. Amanda Seyfried

8. Amanda Seyfried

You don't pronounce her surname the way you say "fried" in fried chicken. You say "sigh-fred" or else she'll get mad at you.

9. Mia Wasikowska

9. Mia Wasikowska

She is one of the prettiest actresses I've ever seen, but her surname is more complex than what it seems. It's not "wa-si-kow-ska", it's "vash-ih-kov-ska," which makes her sound like a queen.

10. Charlize Theron

10. Charlize Theron

It's not "Shar-leez Te-ron", it's "Char-leez Thair-en." Once you get to pronounce that properly, you can watch The Devil's Advocate again.

11. Gotye

11. Gotye

The guy behind the hit song "Somebody That I Used to Know" has a pretty cool name, but it's not "got-yeah." In fact, the correct way to say his name is "go-tee-yay," whether you like it or not.

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