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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She also utilizes arbitrary mechanisms promoted by the French avant-garde Oulipo school and enriches her repertoire with deliberate malaprops and spoonerisms.
You start to notice little things that occur around you: accidental puns, malaprops, mixed-up phrases.
That was as close as Ron came to mastering 'Rosicky', while the malaprops proved contagious.
BILL WILL, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association: "Back in the late '70s or early '80s, the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Idaho had a sports copy editor infamous for malaprops.