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Pronounce (a word) incorrectly:‘she mispronounced my name’
- ‘So don't laugh at someone who mispronounces words until you know a bit more about their origins, not only regional (a point that Mark makes) but also with respect to class and family educational level.’
- ‘How powerful do you have to be to mispronounce your own name and not have anyone tell you?’
- ‘I've always had a tendency to trip over words or mispronounce things that I can say perfectly well in my head.’
- ‘Words are mispronounced, accents are horribly wrong, and the acting is no more convincing than an elementary school play put on at Christmas by Grade 4 kids.’
- ‘I liked her best when she was mispronouncing French terms.’
- ‘And, last but not least, she does not, like most people, mispronounce the word joust.’
- ‘As often as not, the journalist mispronounces the name of the religious group he or she is covering.’
- ‘And then we sat down and he told me in no uncertain terms that I'd mispronounced a word, and that if I ever embarrassed him like that again, he'd kill me.’
- ‘He mispronounced several words and phrases and even Republican spin doctors privately concede he was not at his best.’
- ‘In his excitement, he mispronounces Gordon's name.’
- ‘Many people mispronounce her last name, which is properly pronounced COG-lin.’
- ‘The latest new trend in pop - mispronouncing the names of bands - must stop immediately’
- ‘He was corrected on the newsgroup, and when I queried him about the word he replied that he had ‘been mispronouncing the word for eons’.’
- ‘Unconvincingly, the Tory leader - mispronouncing the word ‘leadership’ - said he welcomed the chance to put his job on the line.’
- ‘Besides, people mispronounce my name all the time.’
- ‘Correct your child every time she mispronounces a word.’
- ‘The other day I heard a government minister mispronounce a word.’
- ‘By the time I'd gotten halfway through it I was ready to strangle him every time he mispronounced the word ‘drama.’’
- ‘Finally I heard a woman saying my name, mispronouncing it a little.’
- ‘The fact that this sort of name is systematically mispronounced is really alarming.’
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