mis·​spell·​ing | \ ˌmis-ˈspe-liŋ How to pronounce misspelling (audio) \

Definition of misspelling

: an incorrect spelling

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On it, her name is misspelled as Sabreena Carpunder, echoing the misspelling of Happy Birthday on the wizard’s cake. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, "Sabrina Carpenter Breaks Down Every Track on New Album Singular: Act II, Talks Growing Pains," 19 July 2019 The locations are based on the mailing addresses listed by individual donors, so some data is likely missing due to misspellings and variations of city names. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Interactive map: Where Democratic presidential candidates are getting their money," 19 July 2019 As for the misspelling of his name, Ibrahimovic isn’t the first to suffer that indignity. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Soccer! USWNT is the greatest program in soccer history, men’s or women’s," 9 July 2019 The postings by the fake Haftar were riddled with typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Researchers crack open Facebook campaign that pushed malware for years," 2 July 2019 The original version had a misspelling in the headline. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Neither the village nor Efraim Carlson & Son, which is in charge of the $1.3 million construction project, were able to be reached for comment on the misspelling. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Welcome to 'Libervytille'? Spelling error at new Metra depot quickly corrected," 7 June 2019 More Joe Louis Arena: Red Wings fans scoop up piece of JLA history As of 2:45 p.m. today, the misspelling is still there. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Oops! Joe Louis Arena gets misspelled on Google Maps," 15 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of misspelling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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