Difference between misfunction and malfunction?
Is misfunction a proper English word? If it is, what's the difference between the two above?
Dictionaries have defined misfunction as a synonym of malfunction. See also, Wiki: To function incorrectly; to malfunction.
However, misfunction is rarely used.
Technically, malfunction implies an erroneous and detrimental functioning, whereas misfunction merely implies an incorrect (not necessarily harmful) functioning.
mis-1 a prefix applied to various parts of speech, meaning “ill,” “mistaken,” “wrong,” “wrongly,” “incorrectly,” or simply negating: mistrial; misprint; mistrust.
Misfucntion means slightly different from the core function However Malfunction means drastically different from core function.
A malfunction can happen continually; a misfunction can happen continuously.
"Once again, the turret drill press is malfunctioning; it is misfunctioning on every piece."
But, essentially, they mean the same. Most English speakers would look at this differentiation as pedantic or worse.
"Works poorly" is my choice against the Latinate.