Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 23 23:30:28 UTC 2006

"Mischievious" (spelling and pronunciation) was one of those things my seventh-grade English teacher warned us against. Sternly.


"Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
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On Feb 23, 2006, at 8:26 AM, Victoria Neufeldt wrote:

> ... Then there's 'mischievious', which has a long and venerable
> history.
> On the other hand, you often hear 'homogenous' for 'homogeneous'. I
> just checked Merriam-Wester's Collegiate: 'homogenous' is there, but
> not 'mischievious'. Could be that people always write 'mischievous'
> even though they say 'mischievious'.

Paul Brians's Common Errors site has an entry that refers only to
pronunciation. but there are 305,000 raw google webhits for the
spelling "mischievious" (as against 6,440,000 for "mischievous"), so
apparently a fair number of people are spelling the way they pronounce.


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