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There's a word like mis-learning or mis-training where rather than learning something correct, you learn something incorrect.

For example, if you were learning English as a second language, and constantly read people using alot a lot, and as a result used that word, even after you found out the correct spelling because of habit or muscle memory, what would that be called?

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Your question is a bit unclear to me. You already know about the word "mislearn" but are asking for the word when people knowingly continue to use what they have mislearnt ? – JoseK Sep 19 '11 at 10:43
@JoseK: Is it less confusing now? – Andrew Grimm Sep 19 '11 at 11:37

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That could possibly be called "mislearning":

v. t. 1. To learn wrongly.

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That learning a particular subject correctly ADVANCES ones knowledge so it stands to reason learning it wrong would certainly be the opposite, simply put, RETARDING

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Imparting into someone, the Truth, is called "education". Imparting into someone, a Belief, is called "indoctrination". The hard part is knowing the difference.

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This is a question of idology. The OP was asking for a word for being misinformed. as such, you are not really addressing the OP's question. – medica Dec 17 '14 at 0:56
Perhaps I should spell it out. "mis-learning or mis-training" is "indoctrination". (I won't object if you just call it "lying".) "learning something" is the "education" part, where "correct" references the Truth. "learn something incorrect" requires belief to accept. PS: I liked it better the first way. – Jimbo Dec 17 '14 at 23:14
You can spell 'til the cows come home. You're still wrong. – medica Dec 18 '14 at 0:20
Thank you for your opinion. You obviously have very strong beliefs. PS: It's spelled "IDEOLOGY"... – Jimbo Dec 19 '14 at 1:39
It's not indoctrination unless it's systematic and intentional. From the free dictionary: "1. to teach (a person or group of people) systematically to accept doctrines, esp uncritically". It also doesn't necessarily need to be false or even misleading (especially uncritically). – DCShannon Nov 1 at 23:03

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