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Friday word: Malapropism

We had "spoonerism", named after Rev. Spooner, so we certainly can't leave out Mrs Malaprop! (even though, unlike Rev. Spooner, she was a fictional character)

Malapropism (n)
1: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context
mal·a·prop·ist noun

Etymology:
Mrs. Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. B. Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775)
First Known Use: 1849
Tags: english, literature, m, noun, wordsmith: med_cat
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