mis·​vo·​cal·​i·​za·​tion ˌmis-ˌvō-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce misvocalization (audio)
plural misvocalizations
: incorrect vocalization
especially : the act or an instance of furnishing a word (such as a consonantal Hebrew or Arabic word) with incorrect vowels or vowel points
One is that "Moloch" is a misvocalization of the Hebrew word "melech" for "king"… Saul A. Kripke

Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misvocalization was in 1932

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“Misvocalization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misvocalization. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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