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- n. Any of a number of often-repeated malapropisms originally uttered by US film producer Samuel Goldwyn (1879-1974) or a malapropism reminiscent of Goldwyn's utterances.
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Alternate names for this phenomenon are "Goldwynism" and "Berraism" because of the penchant of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn and former baseball player Yogi Berra for this type of declaration.
These include, it should be said, terms that are more amusing than high-minded: Pollyanna, Goldwynism and Collyer Brothers Syndrome (named for the frantic collectors).