malapropism

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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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The audience don't get a chance to draw breath as the unforgettable Mrs Malaprop, mistaken identities, elopements and duels all conspire to create chaos, confusion and comedy.
Stir Mrs Malaprop into this riotous romp for the fun to really begin.
Mrs Malaprop was well ridden by 8lb claimer Paul Cleary, who was notching his second victory.
A dozy young lad, an old Mrs Malaprop who insists on saying "alterfication", and a catchphrase: "Ralph, stop playing with your whistle.
Poor old Mrs Malaprop comes a cropper because she's trying to educate herself and gets it all wrong.
Quite apart from her being among the most likeable representatives of the British acting profession, her memorable Mrs Malaprop in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Rivals a couple of years ago was a timely reminder of what a good stage actress this long-time queen of sitcom actually is.
Elsewhere, Martin Parr makes a handsome, well spoken Captain Absolute and Tina Gray (with a bright blonde modern hair-do) enjoys herself as Mrs Malaprop, seizing her comic moments with gusto, but missing somehow the despair which lies beneath Malaprop's final scenes.
Rarely has a production been as good as this one, Wendy Craig surprised us all with a fully rounded performance as Mrs Malaprop.
One of the jewels in the RSC's Stratford crown this season is Wendy Craig's wonderfully funny performance as Mrs Malaprop inThe Rivals.
Wendy Craig is Mrs Malaprop taking the house along with her each time she delivers one of her Malapropisms.
Earlier, Mrs Malaprop can get off the mark for the season in the Maskreys Centenary Handicap.
For all you Mrs Malaprops out there, misusing a word is probably no big deal.