But Denny Crane's self-assured malaprop
gets the information across enough that he might actually have a point.
It was from another of his Channon-trained winners, Mrs Malaprop
, that he bred Malapropism.
was saying when she spoke of allegories on the bank of the Nile.
Like Mrs Malaprop
putting on airs and confusing words, the failure of iconography can be funny, as long is it is happening to other people.
The word is derived from the character of Mrs Malaprop
, the `old weather-beaten she-dragon' in The Rivals, which opened last night.
Certainly both women misuse words, but Mrs Malaprop
is merely substituting one Latinate term, 'illiterate', for another,' obliterate'.
Certainly an essential read in an era when the reach of a presidential malaprop
(or more rarely now, sterling phrase) cannot be misunderestimated.
referred, for example, to "allegories" instead of alligators.
Para tomar un ejemplo del propio Davidson, consideremos que la senora Malaprop
cree que "una linda confusion de epitafios" significa un buen ordenamiento de epitetos.
That phrase, which could have been spoken by famous baseball icon and malaprop
dropper Yogi Berra, applies to a recent survey of college and university leaders with regard to pressing issues in higher education.
when, by saying "a nice derangement of epitaphs", she both intends to mean "a nice arrangement of epithets" and to talk according to standard linguistic rules.
If the "3Ms," or staples of novels of manners, are money, manners, and matrimony (or, in the words of a Tobias Smollett malaprop
, "Holy Matter-money"), in Ethan Canin's latest they are memory, mitzvah, and miracle.
Yogi Berra, the former New York Yankee and master of the malaprop
, has been quoted many times through the years as saying some pretty amusing things.
Judge Jane Stickels gave Epsom punters a fright when she called the wrong result after the Southampton Handicap, giving the race to the fast- finishing Mrs Malaprop
Batchworth Belle and Mrs Malaprop
fought out the finish of the sprint on Channel 4.