mis·​pro·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌmis-prə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mispronunciation (audio) also -ˌnau̇n(t)- \

Definition of mispronunciation

: the act or an instance of mispronouncing

Examples of mispronunciation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Asians around the world facepalmed on Inauguration Day when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, ironically herself no stranger to mispronunciation, employed Ka-MA-La when swearing in the new VP. Rajiv Satyal, Washington Post, 15 July 2021 That's not enough to prevent a common mispronunciation, though. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 As years passed, and Newton began following her professional dreams of being an actress, the mispronunciation just stuck. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 5 Apr. 2021 While Smokey's mispronunciation was funny, some people saw the positivity in the story. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2020 His campaign has called it an innocent mispronunciation. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2021 His mispronunciation sent social media users into hysterics. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 15 Dec. 2020 The deliberate mispronunciation is a sort of inversion of centuries of privilege, and the naughtiness of a convenient microwave. Raven Smith, Vogue, 9 Dec. 2020 Perdue's campaign brushed off the mispronunciation as an accident. Paul Best, Fox News, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mispronunciation

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mispronunciation was in 1530

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“Mispronunciation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mispronunciation. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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mis·​pro·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌmis-prə-ˌnən-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mispronunciation (audio) \

Kids Definition of mispronunciation

: the act or state of saying or making the sounds of incorrectly

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