malapropism


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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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It's not a malapropism, because "egg corn" and "acorn" are really homonyms (at least in casual pronunciation), while pairs like "allegory" for "alligator," "oracular" for "vernacular" and "fortuitous" for "fortunate" are merely similar in sound.
And writers and editors like to know about "nym" words (words about words) as well as about such things as palindromes, spoonerisms and malapropisms.
The inappropriate things she said were dubbed malapropisms.
And Angelo's subsequent circumlocutions, evasions, uses of hypothetical cases - all seeking to distance him from the crime by placing Isabella in the role of its instigator, or at least a willing accomplice - demonstrate the pernicious side of the misuse of language visible in Elbow's malapropisms.
With its splendid malapropism of rock stars and their attitudes, the Blue Man Group Megastar World Tour has already captivated more than two million people in the USA.
TELLING a friend of mine about the new American word Mondgreen he said we've always had a word for it, it's called a Malapropism.
What you see is what you get with Malapropism, and others in the line-up might have too much scope MW
Mick Channon has brought him out twice quickly after that and Malapropism has clearly thrived on the action and should not be discounted.
The evergreen eight-year-old notched his eighth career win for owners Ann and David Bell when keeping on too strongly for favourite Malapropism who was attempting to win the feature prize for the second successive year.
Whistler really caught the eye when a narrow fifth to Malapropism over today's course and distance on his final start last year.
Apprentice Tom Eaves was suspended for one day (September 28) for not riding to his draw on Quicks The Word in the Tote Bigger Winnings Handicap, and fellow apprentice Dean Corby was suspended for two days (September 28 and 29) for careless riding on Malapropism in the same race.
IT was only at the start of 2007 that Mick Channon's Malapropism, then a veteran of 94 races, featured in our Hardy Perennials series, but he has certainly been busy in the interim and has now reached the stage where he can be considered dangerously well handicapped again.