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  • imp. & p. p. of mislead.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of mislead.


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  • Probably the most embarrassing of my childhood-teenage mispronunciations. For whatever reason, I first read this as "my-zeld". This, in turn, led to the back-formation of a present tense and infinitive, naturally this would be the verb "to misle" (which I imagined to be pronounced as "myzel", with stress on the first syllable).

    Of course this was too much for my family to resist - stifling their glee at my mistake, they immediately hopped on the bandwagon, adopting the non-existent "misle" as if it were a real word. So it took me years to figure out finally that I had indeed been misled, as the rest of the family secretly mocked my ignorance. I have no idea why the connection with the verb 'mislead' never occurred to me - it just never did.

    February 20, 2007

  • You know, I think I looked at this word the same way when first introduced to it--connecting the "misle" part somehow with "miserly." Made perfect sense to me at the time.

    Families...they're the reason mocking exists. ;-)

    February 20, 2007

  • Don't worry sionnach, I was reading the other day about a dog that had been un-derfed. I wasn't sure what that meant, but it sounded painful. Then I realized it was under-fed, whoops.

    February 20, 2007

  • I totally made this same mistake as a child. I blame the confusing English language! Isn't misled itself some kind of backformation (or frontformation?) of led? Lead/mislead, led/misled.

    July 17, 2007

  • oh-oh, I will never see this word the same way again. Every once in a while I look at a familiar word that is in the "wrong" context and I misread it. It is a bit scary.

    July 17, 2007

  • Yeah, I hear you.

    But sionnach, I also think this happens a lot when one is exceptionally well-read as a child because you see them before you hear them pronounced. I know I had several other instances of this but I am once again memfaulting on the examples.

    July 18, 2007

  • Yes! Exactly arby! Even today I find that I may not use the first word that comes to mind because I learned it in a book and I'm not 100% sure about the pronunciation. I mispronounced dawdle forever!

    July 18, 2007

  • Really? How did you pronounce it?

    Sometimes I end up liking the mispronunciation better than the correct one. :-)

    July 18, 2007

  • I thought of an example - and I am embarrassed to admit how old I was when I learned the "real" pronounciation - but I thought "aspartame" was pronounced "As-par-ta-MEY" instead of "AS-par-tame".

    July 19, 2007

  • I also had a bizarre tendency to insert extra letters in words, often duplicatively so - for example I thought mutilate was spelled "mutiliate", Herculean was "Herculanean" and mnemonic was "mnemnonic". Chalk it up to my learning disability! It's a lot easier to remember how they're pronounced once I figured out how to spell them correctly!

    July 19, 2007