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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That could possibly be called "mislearning":

v. t. 1. To learn wrongly.


The answer you are looking for is here:

Fossilisation (noun):
The process in which incorrect language becomes a habit and cannot easily be corrected. For example, a B2 learner might habitually not add an ‘s’ when saying third person singular present simple verbs. Learners at this level do not usually make this mistake, but, for this learner, the error was not corrected early and it has become habitual.


  • Please provide a link for where you got that definition from. Plagiarism (copying other people's content without providing attribution) is not welcome on ELU.
    – AndyT
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 10:26


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


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

  • 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. Commented Dec 17, 2014 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
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 23:14
  • You can spell 'til the cows come home. You're still wrong. Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 0:20
  • Thank you for your opinion. You obviously have very strong beliefs. PS: It's spelled "IDEOLOGY"...
    – Jimbo
    Commented Dec 19, 2014 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
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 23:03

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