Is it common to say "He misput his book in my mailbox/drawer"? If not, should I use misdeliver here? Any other expressions?


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    Misplaced is common. – anongoodnurse Sep 6 '14 at 19:49
  • Thanks! But is misput ever been used? Yesterday I used misput, the guy I am talking to seems confused. – Jiang Sep 6 '14 at 20:00
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    'Misput' is never used, use 'misplaced'. – Mitch Sep 6 '14 at 20:39
  • Seconded. While technically a valid English word, it's not one I have ever encountered. – Watercleave Sep 6 '14 at 20:44
  • Note that misplace has two distinct senses. – tchrist Sep 6 '14 at 21:12

Misput is a rare term meaning:

  • (dialectal) 1 : misplace 2 : disconcert

Ngram ( misput, misdeliver, misplace)

The term you probably need is misplaced.

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

  • Yes, but the OP should understand that there are two senses for misplace: one has to do with forgetting where you’ve left something, and the other has to do with a deliberate but incorrect positioning. These are quite different, and the first is much more common than the second. However, it is the second that applies here. – tchrist Sep 6 '14 at 21:11

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