environment vs. enviroment

What is the difference between environment and enviroment?

The word environment originally comes from the verb environ, meaning “to surround, encircle, or envelop.” The correct pronunciation of the word preserves the N in the middle of the word: (/ɛnˈvaɪrənmənt/). However, when we say environment aloud, it’s common to glide over this /-n-/ sound, leading some to incorrectly write the word as enviroment. It’s important that we don’t neglect this N, though, at least in our writing.
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