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 Perdue's campaign brushed off the mispronunciation as an accident. Paul Best, Fox News, "Ossoff raises $1 million in Senate race after Perdue mispronounces Kamala Harris's name," 17 Oct. 2020 Complaints included misspelling and mispronunciation of Queen Lili’uokalani – the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom – and racist depictions of Black Americans and Islamophobic stereotypes. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Medical musicians, Ford’s Theatre, Cuomo’s book: News from around our 50 states," 15 Oct. 2020 Complaints included misspelling and mispronunciation of Queen Liliʻuokalani — the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom — and racist depictions of Black Americans and Islamophobic stereotypes. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Star Tribune, "Hawaii to stop using online program after parent complaints," 13 Oct. 2020 Carlson claimed his mispronunciation was unintentional. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News stars go on a Kamala Harris bash-fest," 12 Aug. 2020 Tran phonetically writes out his father’s mispronunciations in English. E. Alex Jung, New York Times, "From Saigon to the Suburbs, a Vietnamese-American’s Struggle to Assimilate," 21 Apr. 2020 Both are subject to issues like accents, mispronunciations, and other audible issues. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Neural implants plus AI turn sentence-length thoughts to text," 30 Mar. 2020 There are several factors aside from ignorance that can account for mispronunciation, such as a neurological disorder, a speech impediment, hearing loss, or even fatigue and stress. Kacy Vega, Quartz at Work, "Before pouncing on mispronouncing by your colleagues, read this," 4 Mar. 2020 Is there a polite way to correct her mispronunciation again? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: How many times can I correct my son’s teacher?," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mispronunciation

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Mispronunciation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mispronunciation. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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