mis·​spell·​ing | \ -ˈspe-liŋ \

Definition of misspelling

: an incorrect spelling

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Corrections & Amplifications An earlier version of this article contained a misspelling of the name of Thornburg Investment Management’s Christian Hoffmann. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Junk-Bond Sale Ends 40-Day Market Drought," 10 Jan. 2019 These range from common misspellings of Google such as gogole.com, googel.com, or googil.com, to product names like gmail.com and chrome.com, to valuable unused domains with short names like Zero.com or Like.com. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google relents and transfers Duck.com to DuckDuckGo," 12 Dec. 2018 Just as prehistoric was the typewriter’s inability to correct misspellings. New York Times, "Dear Reader: You Misunderstood My Story. Signed, Truman Capote.," 13 May 2018 There are no obvious misspellings or other blatant errors that might expose the ruse. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Simple Email That Let Russia Hack the DNC," 13 Dec. 2016 The packages had six American flag stamps and printed labels with similar block font and misspellings. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Mail Bomb Suspect Sayoc Appears in Court After New Package Found in Atlanta," 29 Oct. 2018 Earlier this month, EgyptAir said Al-Ahram is to blame for Horus’ content and specifically for the Barrymore article, which was riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article," 16 Oct. 2018 The letter also included a footnote that requested that the campaign search not just for emails referring to Mr. Papadopoulos but also for potential misspellings of his last name. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof," 15 May 2018 The soon-to-open Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City had to work quickly to fix a misspelling on a 30-foot-tall guitar installed this week. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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