• WordNet 3.6
    • v mispronounce pronounce a word incorrectly "She mispronounces many Latinate words"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Joliet, Illinois it is illegal to mispronounce the name Joliet.
    • v. t. & i Mispronounce To pronounce incorrectly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas in that state.
    • mispronounce To pronounce erroneously or incorrectly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mispronounce mis-pro-nowns′ to pronounce incorrectly
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  • Christopher Morley
    “Life is a foreign language: all men mispronounce it.”


In literature:

I like your looks,' he added, calling me by my name, which he scandalously mispronounced.
"The Dynamiter More New Arabian Nights" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dulness is their prevailing ingredient, and the whole point consists in mispronouncing a word or a gesture.
"Father Goriot" by Honore de Balzac
Even now she calls my attention every day to mispronounced words.
"Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
No one dropped the ring or mispronounced the responses, or trod on Evie's train, or cried.
"Howards End" by E. M. Forster
The girls sang beautifully, and I read the Bible lesson without mispronouncing a single word.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
His see was usually mispronounced as Nankipoo.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
And I don't like to hear you mispronounce words, it might grow into a habit.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
The following list is made up of words that are frequently mispronounced.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
When he mispronounced a word and she corrected him he bowed his thanks, repeating it after her.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was such a relief when any one else, even old Billy, mispronounced words, and thus gave her a chance to laugh at them.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow

In news:

Italian Americans are always talking about how they are Italian, bragging about their mother's marinara, and mispronouncing Italian words in cheesy accents.
Pujol, the oft-mispronounced rocker from Nashville, Tenn.
I'm told by male members of the Courier staff that I mispronounced/misspelled the event.
Tongue-tied travelers who fear mispronouncing even "bonjour" can now safely keep their mouths shut, literally.
Teddy didn't care if the children reading to him mispronounced a word, or mistakenly skipped a page.
The day after the visit, I awoke to the sound of NPR reporters mispronouncing my hometown's name.
The Olympics badmintongate affair is not only the biggest scandal of the London games so far, it's also the most prominent scandal of any kind in recent memory involving a word that is so universally mispronounced.
If you just listened to the prior post, you'll hear how President Barack Obama mispronounced Rensselaer, calling it " ren -soler" or something approximating that.
If you just listened to the prior post, you'll hear how President Barack Obama mispronounced Rensselaer, calling it "ren- soler " or something approximating that.
Vexation if it's mispronounced.
He mispronounced that name of opposition leader and Nobel Peace Price laureate Aung San Suu Kyi several times.
OK, maybe there are some cases when consonants are silent, but you'd never know it unless you were from a place where folks intentionally mispronounce its name.
As if splitting a pair of pants, telling a transparent lie or mispronouncing the word "epitome" weren't humiliation enough, nature has provided humans, especially the fair-skinned kind, with a built-in scarlet letter.
On Facebook today, I find sheepish postings from two friends after they yelled at callers who mispronounced their names.
She simply mispronounced the name of an Australian Airline and caught some major gruff from her co-workers.