mis·​pro·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion ˌmis-prə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mispronunciation (audio)
 also  -ˌnau̇n(t)-
: the act or an instance of mispronouncing

Examples of mispronunciation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The people who recorded the original video couldn't help but laugh, astonished at the horrible mispronunciations. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 10 May 2024 For him, spills and mispronunciations are not reasons to panic but opportunities for play. Hal Sundt, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Nigella Lawson is setting the record straight on her iconic mispronunciation. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2023 From touting Biden's economic agenda to correcting DeSantis' consistent mispronunciation of the Vice President Kamala Harris' first name, Newsom aimed to be an effective surrogate for Democrats. Averi Harper, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 But the mispronunciations that bug me the most aren’t uttered by any human. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 17 July 2023 The hugs and cuddles, the adorable mispronunciation of words, the birthdays and holidays and vacations. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2023 What’s in a mispronunciation of a name? Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, 17 Aug. 2020 Hundreds of comments called out Gerard for the dish and her silence around the mispronunciation. Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News, 10 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 22 May. 2024.

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mis·​pro·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion ˌmis-prə-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mispronunciation (audio)
: an act or an instance of mispronouncing

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