My mom got called on to read aloud in class and came across the word ‘island’ and pronounced the s (is-land) and the whole class laughed at her and the teacher told her she was stupid. She grew up hating reading and has literally not read any books, newspapers, magazines, etc. since my sister and I were younger and then she only read us children’s books because she ‘had to.’ So like, don’t do this.
I used to pronounce “paradigm” as “pair-uh-dig-um” because I had only ever seen it (in the novel Jurassic Park, which I read approx. 50 times between 5th through 12th grade) and I used to say it ALL THE TIME. I didn’t even realize when I heard it pronounced correctly until someone pointed it out to me.
It’s still one of my favorite words, though.