mis·pro·nun·ci·a·tion | \-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən also -ˌnau̇n(t)- \

Definition of mispronunciation 

: the act or an instance of mispronouncing

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Michiganian Send your favorite Michigan mispronunciations to Brian Manzullo: bmanzullo@freepress.com. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders say these 20 pronunciations trip them up the most," 28 June 2018 After publishing our list of 25 common Michigan mispronunciations, readers in droves submitted more ideas. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders say these 20 pronunciations trip them up the most," 28 June 2018 Quando Rondo Quando Rondo is starting to make a name for himself in the hip-hop world, even if that name actually comes from a mispronunciation of his real name, Tyquian Terrell. Emily Blake, Billboard, "Pandora Predictions to Know: Brytiago, Tierra Whack, Purple Disco Machine & Quando Rondo," 13 June 2018 The singer/actress has been making fun of herself on Twitter after a funny mispronunciation moment from the 2018 Tony nominations. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Katharine McPhee Finally Pronounced 'Spongebob Squarepants' Correctly at the Tony Awards," 11 June 2018 This isn’t the first time a game show has crushed a man’s dreams over a mispronunciation. Melissa Locker, Time, "A Wheel of Fortune Contestant Mispronounced 'Flamenco' and It Cost Him the Entire Prize," 10 Apr. 2018 That meant complex wordplay and ambiguities created through deliberate mispronunciation. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "The Hidden History of Japan’s Folk-Rock Boom," 27 Oct. 2017 Other common menu mispronunciations include espresso (it’s ess, not ex) and pho (fuh), the Vietnamese dish many mistakenly call foe. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "I’ll Have a Merlot With That Dish I Can’t Pronounce," 15 Sep. 2017 Marlene was granted a spot at the nationals despite being declared the runner-up at the regional bee in March, said her mother, Michele Schaff, who had tried to challenge the results over a mispronunciation and have co-champions declared. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Two Lake County students compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee," 1 June 2017

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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mis·pro·nun·ci·a·tion | \ˌmis-prə-ˌnən-sē-ˈā-shən \

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

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