Want people to perceive you as intelligent and well educated? Don’t get caught using these improper expressions.
Thanks to Craig Cardimon for finding this one. I agree with all of these, especially the last three which are the most common mistakes, EXCEPT for #5. It IS pronounced "for-tay" because it’s for the Italian word that means strong or strength. It’s used in music all the time! So, it’s being prounounced correctly in Italian when it’s said as "for-tay". It’s similar to the use of French word, passé (pronounced pass-ay). The problem that word is that accent marks on the final "e" of each word is often not used since American/English QWERTY keyboards don’t have that letter readily available. .
So guess what, author? Your co-worker was WRONG. I even looked it up to be sure. It’s right in Bing Translator and the dictionary, for pity’s sake. Maybe next time you can look it up, too.