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Most notable perpetrator: Individually common, but all brilliantly enunciated by my good friend and editor, Thaddeus Aloysius Pinochle.
Elaboration: This is both understandable and insidious. Thaddeus is an erudite man. He knows how to spell these words, and he knows their proper pronunciations. He just doesn't give a crap. He is a busy, successful man. He has things to do, places to go. No time for unnecessary lettters or syllables.
Pronunciation error: "Pronounciation" instead of "pronunciation."
Most notable perpetrators: Very stupid people, of whom there are too many. Just as there are too many insufferable language pedants and poseurs. Something should be done about them all.
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