American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A malapropism.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
- After Mrs. Malaprop, a character in The Rivals, a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, from malapropos. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word “leader” is supposed to be a superlative, and not a malaprop or a sick joke.”
“Well, Howard Waldrop is the greatest malaprop short story writer of our time.”
“But perhaps the prize for malaprop words of the year should go to Texas congressman and oil industry beneficiary Joe Barton, who apologized to BP for the compensation fund as a shakedown.”
“There she is again, beaming in front of the cameras last week, the malaprop-spouting Minnesota Republican who led thousands of angry tea-bag marchers on the steps of the nation's Capitol to protest health care reform.”
“Messina says, I found the inspiration for the book in chapter eleven, when malaprop-prone Amy calls her Aunt March ‘a regular samphire.’”
“A malaprop (according to my trusty keyboard-worn Apple Dictionary Version 2.0.2) is a noun.”
“Eagerly awaiting the Allen malaprop moment: "A rose between a towelhead and a dyke" perhaps?”
“Intensive purposes", of course a malaprop as used here, nevertheless makes sense in a Yogi Berra kind of way: I mean could it be that the reason Obamessiah has no sense of humor is that his purposes are so intensive?”
“Of course, I got “when ducks cry”, but I also thought that “malaprop” might be “what it sounds like when ducks cry”.”
“Try to figure that one out...although I have to admit it was "fair and balanced" in the sense that it was fairly balanced between a malaprop, a double-negative and just plain gibberish.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘malaprop’.
This used to be my nym list, but there are so many words about words, I think it's time to expand and open.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
unpleasantly; badly; improperly; not
A somewhat discriminatory list of words and phrases collected for their euphonic or arcane appeal, interesting etymology, or concise definition of an otherwise unnamed phenomenon or concept.
The Last Good Words Left
Good for vocab! The seemingly common words are actually referring to lesser-known definitions.
Most of these describe word patterns or relationships between words.
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