Misophonia Pronunciation

how is misophonia pronounced pronunciation

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”  Shakespeare


How is Misophonia pronounced? As a writer, and a once-upon-a-time English student, I’m always looking at words and trying to decipher them. Sometimes the grammar gets lost in my head because I’m so busy looking at each and every word.


So, what does Misophonia mean?

We know that the word “miso” means hate and the word “phonia” means sounds. 


Some people around the community have been calling it “mee-so-phonia” or “m-eye-sophonia”. I can see why people would jump to this conclusion, after-all, Miso soup is a delicacy in many parts of the world, but, we’re not soup. I could wager that we’re not hatred either, but this isn’t about what we are, it’s about how to pronounce the word.

Dictionary.com defines miso (of greek origin) as “indicating hatred”, but more importantly, it shows another word that starts with the same prefix. Like misogynist, misophonia starts with the greek word “miso”.


So, what is the proper Misophonia pronunciation?

With that in mind, I pronounce it relatively the same, as “miss-o-phonia”. So, unlike the japanese word (miso) pronounced “meeso”, “miso” is generally pronounced more like misogyny.



Shaylynn H.
Shaylynn Hayes is a 23 year old writer, graphic/webdesigner, and
student in Political Science. Alongside Dr. Jennifer Brout, Shaylynn runs the News site Misophonia International. The site focuses on Research, Coping, and Awareness for the disorder. Shaylynn has also been actively involved in the web management and development of Dr. Brout’s research page, Misophonia-Research.com. What used to be a life-ruining disorder has become an interesting and defining adventure that has proven that the things that are “ruining our life” may very well be creating a new, interesting life in the place of the old. Shaylynn is the Editor-In-Chief of Misophonia International, and also writes for HuffPost, The Mighty, and Thought Catalog.

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