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I pronounce epitome "EPPY-tome", but EpiPen "uh-PIE-pen".
Title text: I pronounce epitome "EPPY-tome", but EpiPen "uh-PIE-pen".


Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Common misspellings of mispronunciation? What is the difference in the real and Cueballs pronunciation of Epitome from the title text? (for those who do not read/understand the code...) How is the EpiPen a mispronunciation and are there more puns in the title text. Why choose that word? Are there common mispronunciations of both Mispronunciation, Epitome and EpiPen?

Cueball explains to White Hat which words he often spells or mispronounces wrong, creating metahumor, since the words he has trouble with are correctly used in sentences which also use that word outside of quote marks.

Misspell and Mispronunciation are both misspelled quite often (although not in this comic!) Misspell is quite commonly misspelled as mispell or miss-spell. (There is, however, an argument that misspelled should always be written mispelled since if it isn't mispelled, then it isn't mispelled).

Cueball also refers to the fact that he mispronounces mispronunciation. These statements are both 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 pronounce 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.

The title text explains Cueball's mispronunciation of epitome, which he says as "EPPY-tome" (/ˈɛpɪtoʊm/). It also explains how he pronounces EpiPen (a trademark for a type of Epinephrine autoinjector) as "uh-PIE-pen".

The EpiPen is a medical device for injecting a measured dose or doses of epinephrine (better known as adrenaline) by means of autoinjector technology.


[White Hat and Cueball are walking.]
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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