malapropism


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the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

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ARTHUR MacDonald replies: The US does seem to have a penchant for malapropisms like toxic assets.
Bottling is only a near-homophone for boggling; the feature that distinguishes this eggcorn from a malapropism is that mind-bottling makes its own sense, as explained by Chazz.
One of his pet peeves was reporters and editors who didn't take the time to clarify (or delete) the malapropisms and colloquialisms that occasionally made their way into the reporter's copy.
At Catterick, Malapropism can score another win in the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery Handicap.
Bush did once say, in a classic early malapropism, that he "know[s] the human being and fish can coexist peacefully," which may be relevant here somehow.
Bond Boy (25-1) ran on strongly to claim the pounds 34,800 first prize by three-quarters of a length from Highland Warrior (25-1) with Malapropism (161) a short-head back in third and Peace Offering (22-1) the same distance away in fourth.
Bond Boy (25-1) got home by three-quarters of a length from Highland Warrior (25-1) with Malapropism (16-1) a short head back in third and Peace Offering (22-1) the same away in fourth River Falcon hit trouble several times and finished with a rattle up the stand rail but just couldn't make the frame.
Whistler really caught the eye when a narrow fifth to Malapropism over Sunday's course and distance on his final start last year.
Humorously confusing one word with another is a malapropism.
I know how Tom Cruise felt in `Castaway,''' said Zito, a master of the malapropism, meaning Tom Hanks.
But he added, in a malapropism worthy of crotchety senior citizen Ed Crankshaft: "I'm bringing all my eggs home to roost in one basket.
Often a media gaffe is not an isolated malapropism but a reflection of an executive's whole attitude.
The word malapropism is built on the word malapropos, which was minted in the 17th century by Dryden.
A malapropism is a comic trope that puts on display how the form of language may be at odds with its content; or, to put this in the biblical language privileged by the play's title, how the "letter" of language may not coincide with its "spirit.
With a deep singing style full of shouts, whoops, and other wild sounds, his vocals sound a bit like the legendary Muddy Waters, who, in fact is partly responsible for the "professor" moniker, although it was a malapropism.