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"Misspell" and "Mispronunciation" are both misspelt quite often. "Misspell" is quite commonly misspelt as “mispell” or “miss-spell”. However, there is an argument that "Misspelt" should always be written "Mispelt" since if it isn't mispelt, then it isn't mispelt.
Cueball also refers to the fact that he mispronounces "mispronunciation". These statements are metahumor, as "misspell" means to write incorrectly and "mispronunciation" means a wrong pattern of speaking.
The punchline comes when Cueball tells that the epitome of mispronunciation is the the way Cueball says "epitome" (which is pronounced in four syllables, ip-PIt-tummy /ɪˈpɪtəmi/). This is also metahumor, as epitome refers to a very good or perfect example. Thus Cueball shows the epitome of mispronunciation when he incorrectly pronounces "epitome" as EPPY-tome /ˈɛpɪtoʊm/.
The title text explains Cueball's mispronunciation of epitome.
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[White Hat and Cueball are walking and talking about spelling and pronunciation]
Cueball: I sometimes misspell "misspell" and "mispronunciation", and I mispronounce "mispronunciation,"
Cueball: but the epitome of mispronunciation is probably the way I pronounce "epitome."
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