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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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Mrs Malaprop often uses the wrong word but is completely oblivious of the fact, and is even overtly proud of her vocabulary.
Malaprop resultaran absurdas en ese contexto y en esa situacion, aunque tal vez resulten de otro modo en alguna situacion de emision diferente.
Malaprop Meets Humpty-Dumpty", Studies in Philosophy, 4, pp.
Malaprop was one who, like the Muppets' Miss Piggy, wanted to be sophisticated, but kept getting her words mixed up.
Consequently, we received numerous malaprop answers, some of which are included in Figure 1.
Malaprop, whose fractured use of the English language made her name a standard term for misuse of vocabulary.
Malaprop, disapproving of the penniless Beverly, threatens to take away half of Lydia's fortune if she marries him.
Malaprop - oh, misuser of words - who objects to Lydia's falling for the poor office, Ensign Beverley, aka, Captain Jack Absolute.
Theatre Helen Forrester's Twopence To Cross The Mersey Pyramid & Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, 01925 442345 - Fri 28 Oct - Sat 29 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.
Which playwright created the character Mrs Malaprop in his play The Rivals?
In which of Sheridan's plays does the character Mrs Malaprop appear?
The big bonus in The Rivals is, of course, Mrs Malaprop, that woman of wondrous words.