Misophonia Pronunciation

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.



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1 comment

Matthew S. Tanabe March 7, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Hi there,
Thanks for posting this (three-ish years ago). I’ve been aware of misophonia for a few years, ever since I finally did some research into what was making me feel the way I felt when exposed to certain (many) sounds. It is frustrating, though, and I’m sure you can empathize, that very little of the general population seems to understand this condition, and I guess I chalk it up to a lack of awareness. I appreciate your efforts showing this to the world.

In solidarity.

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