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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.
And then I opened the comics where I was immediately greeted by dear old friends Bucky and Satchel, dropping their dollops of malaprop like raisins for my peanut butter toast.
Malaprop tries to use impressive words but instead uses ones which sound similar but mean something completely different.
Theatre Helen Forrester's Twopence To Cross The Mersey Pyramid & Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, 01925 442345, - Sat 29 oct The Rivals In the summer streets of Bath, social climber and "pineapple of politeness" Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match.
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.
Malaprop in Richard Sheridan's Restoration comedy, The Rivals.
submarine which sank with the loss of all 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.
Malaprop litters her dialogue with humorous errors in usage, such as "He is the pineapple of politeness.
And, as Mrs Malaprop once said, comparisons are odorous - comparisons always are.
When he is exploring the virtual worm of Second Life, however, he is the avatar Poinky Malaprop.