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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.
The Rivals has long been a favourite with theatregoers courtesy of its characters and its witty use of language, not least by the larger than life Mrs Malaprop.
Which playwright created the character Mrs Malaprop in his play The Rivals?
He might be the nation's number one buffoon, a mangler of language to inspire envy in Mrs Malaprop and a bit of a political parasite grabbing pay and publicly-owned palaces for doing, well .
Then when a voice boomed out into the crowd that the star of the show, acclaimed actress Stephanie Cole, was "otherwise indisposed" and would not be performing her role as Mrs Malaprop tonight, the spluttering audience let out a resounding boo of disapproval - the sort usually reserved for pantomime baddies.
In the way is "an old, tough aunt", Mrs Malaprop, who murders the English language with aplomb and would do likewise to Jack if it weren't for the ostentatious flattery of his equally raffish dad.
Mrs Malaprop has to be one of the most famous female characters ever written for the stage.
FOR many years I've known a real-life Mrs Malaprop.
She's certainly not one to shirk a challenge, as witnessed by the fact that she takes on one of literature's most celebrated characters, Mrs Malaprop.
1998 Epsom: Appropriately, called Mrs Malaprop the winner, then called Batchworth Belle the winner.
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, The Promenade, 01704500036 - to Wed 27 Oct The Rivals In the summer streets of Bath, social climber and "pineapple of politeness" Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match.
Acquiring a roof over his head sees Chris first run into a splendid Irish Mrs Malaprop of a landlady, vigorous in her campaign to root out "immortality" and any hint of dubious behaviour on her premises.