Have you ever suffered from this? I often have this problem with names, especially those from a Dravidian or Sino-Tibetan base. The earliest word I can remember reading but not knowing how to pronounce was acknowledge and its derivatives. It was a favourite verb of WE Johns in his Biggles books, using it instead of said in dialogue. I know, acknowledge is phonetic so there shouldn’t have been a problem, but I was young and my dictionary was very small.
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so, is “hover” prounounced like it rhymes with “cover”, or “Rover”? I say it like it rhymes with cover, my wife says it like it rhymes with rover.
I say “hover” so that it rhymes with falling. Difficult to do, but that’s the English language for you.