Looking for a term: mispronouncing a word you've only ever read
August 12, 2014 6:35 AM Subscribe
Mr. sixswitch and I both have a common experience of precocious kids: trying out words that we've learned from reading in conversation, with tragic results. I pronounced disheveled as dis-heveled (because obviously you could also be heveled), he said 'doicksiem' instead of 'deuxième', and so on right up til yesterday (chassiss for chassis). Is there a linguistics term or nickname for this type of thing?
I first realized this was a common experience watching 'Trekkies', where the 14-year-old kid says about a con, "It was just a total debacle", with the accent on the first syllable (DEH-ba-kul).