Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today learn a new phrase and learn the two ways it can be pronounced.

Also, the big question from today’s conversation is this: is it ok to use the pronunciation that the dictionary tells you even if everyone in the culture pronounces it in a different way?

Who decides what correct pronunciation is- the dictionary or the people?

Today we’re talking about this phrase: To put the kibosh on something

What does it mean? It’s a natural English phrase that comes up sometimes with natives.

But there are different ways to pronounce it.

Some people say it with a long vowel sound at the beginning and some people stretch it out at the end.

The dictionary gives you a different pronunciation than the way that most people pronounce it.


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Who decides correct pronunciation? The people or the dictionary?

If you’re unsure of the correct way to pronounce a word then check with the people around you- your colleagues, the people you are around every day.

We take a more practical and connection-based perspective on language learning so we believe that you should use the pronunciation that lets you connect with the people around you.

If you are using the dictionary definition and everyone around you looks at you like you’re crazy then that might hinder connection.


Other phrases similar to “put the kibosh on it”:

  • To put a stop to something
  • To put an end to something


What questions do you have from today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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