mis·​spell·​ing | \-ˈspe-liŋ \

Definition of misspelling 

: an incorrect spelling

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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 Monday afternoon, Kansas City turned into the butt of many Twitter jokes after a photo of a sign with an unfortunate misspelling went viral. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No butts about it: Viral photo of Visit KC tourism sign is a prank | The Kansas City Star," 7 May 2018 The chicken Lo Scorpielo is a misspelling of Scarpiello, but was spot-on, with the zingy flavors of its light natural gravy zapped with tang of cherry-pepper heat. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 Officers are encouraged to note down rules on spelling abbreviations, common misspellings, and sentence lengths. Chris Stokel-walker, The Atlantic, "The Linguist Who Helps Police Catch Child Predators," 10 July 2018 Lauren deduced the reviewer’s identity almost immediately; the former client gave himself away with the same dialectical misspellings that littered previous negative reviews on other review websites. Rick Paulas, Longreads, "Sex Workers vs. The Internet," 15 June 2018 Team misspellings include: BQSTQN BRUINS (1971-72), TORONTO MAPLE LEAES (1962-63) and NEW YORK ILANDERS (1980-81). Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "10 things you didn't know about the Stanley Cup, including its real name," 22 May 2018 The President has often received criticism for misspelling and syntax errors, particularly on Twitter. Allie Malloy, CNN, "Teacher schools Trump on grammar," 28 May 2018

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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