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A malapropism.

[After Mrs. Malaprop, , a character in The Rivals, a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, from malapropos.]
Word History: "She's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile" and "He is the very pineapple of politeness" are two of the absurd pronouncements from Mrs. Malaprop that made her name synonymous with ludicrous misuse of language. A character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775), Mrs. Malaprop habitually uses words that are malapropos—that is, inappropriate, as in allegory for alligator and pineapple for pinnacle. She makes some of her most outrageous blunders while boasting of her eloquence: "If I reprehend any thing in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!" For such memorable abuses of the language, Mrs. Malaprop has been enshrined in the words malaprop and malapropism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.malaprop - the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similarmalaprop - the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
misstatement - a statement that contains a mistake
References in classic literature ?
If one could have a fine house, full of nice girls, or go traveling, the summer would be delightful, but to stay at home with three selfish sisters and a grown-up boy was enough to try the patience of a Boaz," complained Miss Malaprop, after several days devoted to pleasure, fretting, and ennui.
He was terrified of the set blowing up, not to mention "ghosts" appearing on the screen, which he claimed he'd seen before during a storm, but Janie'd never understood if he meant actual spirits or some technical term he'd turned into a malaprop.
I keep mixing up words, but ones that don't sound anything like each other, so the results aren't even amusing - I'm less Mrs Malaprop, more Mrs Aprop-os of nothing.
A quick example of the malaprop would be to use the word 'affect', a force, when it was proper to use the word 'effect', or results.
submarine which sank with the loss of all Malaprop in his play The Rivals?
Which playwright created the character Mrs Malaprop in his play The Rivals?
But although he occasionally seems to be taking elocution lessons from Mrs Malaprop and/or the Reverend Spooner, Gould is nobody's football fool - like Joe Mercer and Bobby Robson, there's more than a touch of the Lieutenant Columbo about our Bobby.
Catarella, being whatever the Italian counterpart is of a malaprop, who can never manage to get a word or a name correctly.
The announcement of the "GRAND CONCERT OF DE BOB-LINK SOCIETY" ("bob-link" being an absurd malapropism for the more conventional "bobalition," itself a racist malaprop for "abolition" employed by racist white propagandists), was followed by a subtitle reflecting Noah's chief point about black New Yorkers: "'De times hab changed,' But we hab not.
Malaprop of Latin epic", since she undermines her argument by confusing transvestism and transsexuality.
Malaprop in Sheridan's The Rivals, Ros nevertheless dazzles the reader with word combinations that are unexpected and sometimes absurd.