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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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Stephanie Cole plays Mrs Malaprop, who wholeheartedly deposes the romance.
Rachel, as clueless and morally neutral as she is, malaprops her way into the reader's critical vision, because she best represents America's material culture.
Yes, Popeye mangled the language more than Mrs Malaprop, often disgustipated by Wimpy, having no symphity for monskers or ghosts - and he met plenty.
Not as the Romanians do, as a malaprop friend insists.
From tonight, though, she plays the meddlesome Mrs Malaprop in the classic Sheridan romp The Rivals, at Newcastle's Theatre Royal.
Nastasia Green plays Dogberry, the malaprop constable.
Malaprop (1775), half Wilde's Lady Bracknell (1895).
Wise-cracking Letterman couldn't resist picking up on the malaprop.
YEARS ago, I used to know a real-life Mrs Malaprop.
That wit shows up as a joke about identification in the punning salutation between the malaprop constable Elbow and the Duke disguised as a friar: Elbow: "Bless you, good father friar.
Wendy Craig appears as Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's The Rivals and Bernard Shaw's epic comedy Back to Methuselah is another of the productions on offer.
Malaprop, a speaker whose aphasic ramblings are so far off-beam as to stretch charity to the limit and beyond.