barbarism barbarism
 bar'-bar-ism from barbarizein, "to act like a foreigner"

The use of nonstandard or foreign speech (see cacozelia); the use of a word awkwardly forced into a poem's meter; or unconventional pronunciation.
  Like solecisms, barbarisms are possible according to each of the four categories of change.
  To you he appeals that knew him ab extrema pueritia, whose placet he accounts the plaudite of his pains, thinking his day-labor was not altogther lavish'd sine linea if there be anything of all in it that doth olere Atticum in your estimate. —Thomas Nash, Preface to Greene's Menaphon

Pronouncing "bourgeoisie" as "bur-goy'-zee"

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  Sources: Quintilian 1.5.5-33; Sherry (1550) 36

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