​Have You Been Pronouncing Forza Wrong This Whole Time?

It seems like mispronunciation in the gaming world is quite the common occurrence, with a new debate sparking on how to say Forza correctly.

We've previously reported on Nintendo's NES, which is actually pronounced Ness - not Nezz or En-Ee-Ess like many believe - but what about video games themselves?

Well, BBC Radio 1's Julia Hardy just shutdown a pronunciation hater during a live show when he tried to challenge her about Forza Horizon 4's name. Instant regret.

It all started when the presenter mentioned this week's new racing game, which is free for Xbox Game Pass users, if you didn't know. This led to someone contacting the station because he believed she was saying its name wrong, but let's be honest, he probably wasn't the only one.

The listener said it should be 'Forza', like it's spelt and like most of us say (I say most, but I mean me), and not 'Fort-Za' like Hardy was ludicrously pronouncing.

Turns out his efforts were wasted - she right, he was wrong. Hardy even had support on hand to back up the claim, although, it's not like she really needed it.

It was pretty brave to come up against a seasoned game presenter, who's probably spent more time speaking to Microsoft devs than most of us have played Forza, but at least he tried.

I'm just glad I've never had the chance to chat to Forza devs - imagine them hearing me pronounce their pride and joy wrong? No thanks - but saying that, I don't think I'll ever get used to calling it Fort-Za.

But what about you? Have you been saying it right or wrong? Have you played the new game yet? What other titles caused this problem? Let us know.

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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