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

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Who can really blame Senator Warren for her (probable) mispronunciation? Declan Leary, National Review, "‘Latinx’ Is a Stupid Word," 11 July 2019 The decision to have the nominees’ names read in recorded voice-overs may have saved time, and reduced the possibility of gaffes and mispronunciations by the presenters. Mike Hale, The Seattle Times, "The Emmys Joked about TV’s Lack of Diversity, and Then Demonstrated It," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce mispronunciation (audio) \

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

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