What English expression is used to immediately correct a misspoken word in English speaking?

The cube root of 1331 is, 12; _____, 11.

I'm thinking of these, but I have no idea which one would be appropriate:

  • no, I mean,
  • nah,
  • etc.

According to Oxford Online Dictionary, rather means:

3.1 More precisely.

I walked, or rather limped, the two miles home

The technology, or rather the people behind it, are getting smarter.

Our goal is to not just to survive, but, rather, to thrive in the society of the future.


So I think you can use rather in your sentence with or without or:

The cube root of 1331 is, 12; (or) rather, 11.

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    The definition is correct, but that's not how a native English speaker would immediately correct a misspoken fact. – stangdon Jan 9 '18 at 14:04
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    @stangdon Are you sure about that? Here's a question that I think discusses this particular use of 'rather': goo.gl/JkaVGy Aren't these comments and the answer from native speakers of English? – listeneva Jan 9 '18 at 14:29
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    It's not impossible, but it's not very natural or fluent, either. If someone misspoke and said, "Four plus five is eleven - rather, nine", it sounds very stilted and unnatural. rather is used more in a context like "Four plus five is not eleven - rather, nine." It's a fairly formal way to phrase things. – stangdon Jan 9 '18 at 15:43
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    @stangdon How about putting rather after nine in your example? Four plus five is eleven -- nine, rather. Or inserting or? Four plus five is eleven -- or rather, nine. – listeneva Jan 9 '18 at 15:55

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