malapropism


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to malapropism: Dogberryism

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Malapropism runs his race more often than not and his new official handicap mark of 73 (and falling) should soon see him back in the winner's enclosure.
They clash again in the toteplacepot Sprint Handicap at Yarmouth and, with Malapropism carrying a 3lb penalty, Musical Fair is that much better off and is fancied to turn the tables for a stable that is showing signs of a revival.
Hugh Bowman picked up a one-day ban (August 17) for careless riding on Malapropism after switching out from the rails to cause interference.
Topdraw stats indicate that low or high is the place to be in big fields over 5f at Bath - those in the middle should be avoided - and Malapropism is drawn 15 of 16
IN CONTRAST to a career seemingly devoted to repairing wounded jockeys, orthopaedic surgeon Michael Foy has never had a moment's concern over the wellbeing of his homebred Malapropism.
The talented, but rather enigmatic four-year-old, who was unlucky in York's Portland Trial just two days earlier when missing the break and being beaten two short heads into third, made up for that, Danny Tudhope restraining him early on before bringing him late to pip Malapropism on the line.
He broke well and made all to beat Malapropism on that occasion and was going away at the line, giving the impression there may be more to come, and the form with the runner-up ties in closely with Clive Cox's Chinalea.
Clarke's accidental malapropism during yesterday's presentation summed it all up.
A handful of those set-ups, mostly Manford family-based ones, go over such well-trodden turf - like his mum's malapropism problem - that they were difficult to really buy into.
At the end of the day, I wanna become a deformed character, bruv," was the unfortunate malapropism Dominic treated us to near the beginning.
Shakespeare will probably be turning in his grave at his inclusion in this esteemed group of the English language elite but Palin -- like Bush -- has decided to rewrite ( or rephrase) the language with her own brand of malapropism.
But when it's naively repeated, it becomes a malapropism as well.