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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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Malaprop of the novel, tell stories of change as well as discovery.
That was as close as Ron came to mastering 'Rosicky', while the malaprops proved contagious.
Clearly, some influential reporters were, in reality, more concerned with Quayle's malaprops than his actual tasks.
Regarding one of those malaprops that has become a pro-abortion buzzword, I have found a kindred soul in Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
And it doesn't hurt that, a few embarrassing malaprops aside, he's just as comfortable with the Spanish-speaking media as he is answering questions in English.
Comedian Norm Crosby, City of Hope's National Ambassador of Goodwill, personal friend of Henderson, and known as the "Master of Malaprops," will emcee the event to be held in City of Hope's Visitor Center, one of the most historic buildings on the Duarte, CA campus.