I've always done it. Right from when I was young. I still do it now. Mispronounce words. You know as soon as the word has left your mouth, and people look at you with that strange look on their face, that you committed that terrible sin of not saying a word properly.
You get mixed reactions. It could be....
The rolled eyes. Those are the worse. It's confirmation that not only do people think you might be stupid, they now know you are.
Or you get the blank stare. The 'Is this for real' look' Same explanation as above.
Then you might get derisive laughter. These are the people who not only know you're stupid, but now want everyone else around you to know as well.
I read a lot. I always have. Just to give an indication of how much I read - I have read 14 books in the last 14 days. I don't usually read that much, but I'm on a roll at the moment. What this means is I learn a lot of words, and their context, but I might not have actually 'heard' them before. Then I might decide to use the word, often with disastrous results. I should really learn to use the KISS approach!
Anyway - not all mispronunciations are embarrassing. Particularly when you're with good friends. I was telling my friend how I've just read this amazing book. It was called Escape, by Carolyn Jessop. It was about a splinter mormon group who practised Polly Gammy (polygamy) and how she escaped from the cult wtih her six children. As soon as I said pollygammy, I knew I had committed that dreadful sin of mispronunciation.
Fortunately my friend laughed then explained how to say it. Then she said gammy was a leg with a limp. I then explained that's right the book was about people with multiple legs, all with limps! Our imagination went wild and we had a big laugh about it.
I wish all people would treat mispronunciations this way. It's much more fun and can be downright hilarious.
Oh yes - the book is a great read - I fully recommend it!