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Numerous websites and dictionaries put "electoral" among the top 100 most mispronounced words in the English language. For the record, the accent is on the second syllable, not the third, so it's "ee-LECK-tor-uhl," not "ee-leck-TOR-uhl," and most definitely not "ee-leck-TOR-ee-uhl," which we've also heard.

Having said that, it's time for a caveat. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition), which tends to have a more liberal, go-with-the-flow attitude toward language than most other dictionaries, now accepts that second pronunciation and even adds a third "ih-LECK-trul" pronunciation.