Chandra Wilson Recalls Mispronouncing This Common Word in Early Seasons of 'Grey's Anatomy'

The actress didn't understand why the director kept yelling, "Cut!"

Grey's Anatomy is finally returning for its 19th season on Oct. 6, and star Chandra Wilson, who plays Dr. Miranda Bailey, revealed a funny behind-the-scenes story while promoting its premiere on The Jennifer Hudson Show

After Wilson and Jennifer Hudson spoke about how amazing it is that Grey's Anatomy has been on for so many years, the host asked Wilson, "How do you remember all of those medical terms?"

In response, the 53-year-old said, "I still don't know what I'm saying half of the time," before she launched into a story about one particular example of a word she had trouble pronouncing.

Wilson began, "The first time I knew this was gonna be a trip was–because I'm from Houston, Texas–I had a piece of dialogue that said some kind of line in reference to the ambulance, and so when I got to it, I would just say, you know, 'I have to go out to the ambulance,' and then they would say, 'Cut.'" 

As Wilson told the story, you could hear a distinct difference in how she said "ambulance" when she introduced the story versus when she re-enacted the line from the show. 

During her reenactment, the actress mispronounced the word, making a "boo" sound when saying the second syllable of the word.

The Grey's Anatomy star continued, saying that they kept asking her to do the line again; to her confusion, she didn't realize what she was doing wrong.

Then, the script supervisor, Nicole Rubio, walked in and asked her to "read this word."

Wilson recounted, saying to Rubio, "What? I said it! 'Ambulance.' What's the problem?" She told Hudson that was when she realized she'd been saying the word wrong the whole time. 

As Hudson and the audience laughed at the funny story, Wilson admitted that she still has to remind herself how to correctly pronounce it sometimes. 

For the more complex medical terminology, she has to "play games" to remember the correct pronunciation, like with the word "anastomosis." Apparently, to remember the diction, the show's medical director, Linda Klein, told her to "Think of 'nasty Moses,'" and then it stuck. 

You can watch Wilson recount the tale in the embedded video above. 

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