A few nights ago, Gobiasomecoffee mentioned in the OT that her dad thinks Persephone is pronounced Purse-a-phone. From what I can tell, this is pretty common. I know I thought she was Purse-a-phone until my seventh-grade English class talked about mythology. Since so many of us are readers, I’ll bet everyone has at least a few words that suffered from a read it vs. heard it dichotomy.
My favorite was “omnipotent.” I didn’t put together the spoken word “om-ni-po-tent” with the word I had always read as “omni-potent” until I said it out loud in front of a group of my smart friends. Luckily for my ego, they just thought I was being ironic.