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Malapropism

A malapropism is the ridiculous misuse of a word, particularly in error as a result of confusing it with another that sounds similar.

The term, malapropism, comes from the name of a self-educated character, Mrs. Malaprop, who appeared in The Rivals, an eighteenth century comedy written by the British writer, Richard Sheridan. Mrs. Malaprop frequently substituted a similar sounding word in place of a word that she had intended to use. In turn, her name, Malaprop, derives from mal propos, French for inappropriate.

Here are a few examples of malapropisms:

That monster was a pigment of her imagination.

I will support him to the best of my mobility.

We hung on every syllabus she spoke.

It is beyond my apprehension.

He was a man of great statue.

He's a wolf in cheap clothing.

Comparisons are odorous.



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