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malapropism

1. the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, esp when creating a ridiculous effect, as in I am not under the affluence of alcohol
2. the habit of misusing words in this manner
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Nonetheless, the entertainment value of malapropisms has guaranteed their frequent occurrence in both classic literature and popular culture.
The word malapropism is built on the word malapropos, which was minted in the 17th century by Dryden.
And Angelo's subsequent circumlocutions, evasions, uses of hypothetical cases - all seeking to distance him from the crime by placing Isabella in the role of its instigator, or at least a willing accomplice - demonstrate the pernicious side of the misuse of language visible in Elbow's malapropisms.
She played R B Sheridan's comic matron with some aplomb - delivering her famous malapropisms, like "the very pineapple of politeness" and mixing up long words like "malevolence" and "benevolence" so her sentences became jumbled nonsense.
With friends, we'll drag out her memory when the conversation needs a little brightener and recall her celebrated Malapropisms.
Brown has assembled all new quotes of President Bush's malapropisms and oratorical meanderings, with no carry-overs from the year before -- making the (Mis)Speak series the largest collection of President Bush's verbal idiosyncrasies in print.
It's all very jokey and nicely costumed with mayors who burble out malapropisms and country bumpkins in pantomime drag who move in after a punch-up to dance in front of the royals.
And she is back in the region from tonight, full of malapropisms, the unintentional and hilarious misuse of words, and no doubt laughs galore, in the process.
Here, Gillmore's penchant for malapropisms (as in the lyric, sexually evocative Your damp wounds will be sorely mist) and rebuses (as in Boo Fucking Hoo, in which a phallic appendage dangling from the first o in "boo" penetrates the middle letter of "hoo" painted below) finds expression.
Supersonic Sidhu usually has Mark Nicholas and Dermot Reeve bemused in the studio with his extraordinary repertoire of similes and malapropisms.
HE was once British football's most expensive half-backs, Stanley Matthews was best man at his wedding, he coached alongside Don Revie at Leeds and he was responsible for one of the game's most memorable malapropisms.
Roy Mallard is an earnest, borderline-inept documentarian given to spasms of klutziness and tongue- twisting malapropisms.