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

Definition of misspelling

: an incorrect spelling

Examples of misspelling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the Food and Drug Administration has warned against human use of the animal version of ivermectin, the misspelling, typically used to avoid detection across social media sites blocking coronavirus misinformation, worked on Amazon. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 The website appeared to be having technical difficulties on Wednesday afternoon, however, and one of the links, to the merchandise store, wasn’t working due a misspelling in the web address. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2021 The origin of their name is unknown, but there has been speculation that bonobo was a misspelling of Bolobo, the Congolese town where they were first discovered. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 Google has begun showing search results for a misspelling of my business name, and some of these listings include my current phone number and an old home address that is now an empty lot. Steve Alexander, Star Tribune, 2 May 2021 While its sister show Jeopardy is better known as a pedant's paradise (misspeaking or misspelling has long been known to sink contestants), every now and then Wheel of Fortune gets in on the action. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2021 Users mocked the misspelling on the online platform. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 21 Mar. 2021 Trump’s megalomaniac tendencies always dragged the spotlight back in his direction; whenever attention strayed, a 5am tweetstorm, an insane, unsubstantiated allegation, or even a late night misspelling was typically enough to compel its return. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 1 Feb. 2021 The statement released Monday by Mrs. Trump was also rife with grammatical errors and typos, including a misspelling of the last name of a rioter who was fatally shot during the attack at the Capitol, Ashli Babbitt. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of misspelling

1582, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2021

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“Misspelling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misspelling. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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