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Is there a single word or phrase for something that is so commonly spelt or said incorrectly, that when said properly looks or sounds odd? E.g.

  • "Company staff is expert in management..."
  • Saying the champagne Moet as "Mo-waaay" (rather than "Mo-wet")

Any ideas or other examples appreciated!

  • Decades ago, when I was still a nuclear physicist, the mispronunciation "nucular" was so common, even among engineers, that once I found myself saying it. – ab2 MonicaNotForgotten Jul 3 '15 at 8:46
  • "Company staff is expert in management ..." uses 'grammatical concord' and is not considered 'incorrect' (though I wouldn't use it). – Edwin Ashworth Jul 3 '15 at 8:49
  • @ab2 It always filled me with some trepidation that one person with his finger on the button, namely George W. Bush, couldn't even pronounce the word properly. – WS2 Jul 3 '15 at 8:58
  • @EdwinAshworth - sorry, should have said that my examples are the correct if unpopular way of saying those things! – Mark McMullan Jul 3 '15 at 11:59
  • This doesn't answer your single-word request question, but you might find it interesting: youtube.com/watch?v=8nYmWt1J4Lg – Lucky Jul 3 '15 at 12:12
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The term mumpsimus is used for persistent misuse, including that due to ingrainedness:

noun

  1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy ...

{ODO}

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    +1. But I think sumpsimus (adherence to the right form when the wrong one is more common) would be more suited to the OP's requirement. – Tushar Raj Jul 3 '15 at 8:47
  • @TusharRaj Yes, I've voted for you both - mumpsimus and sumpsimus - for you each make important points. – WS2 Jul 3 '15 at 9:13

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