New Word Wednesday: malapropism

Happy Wednesday! Here’s your new word for the week. Apparently I’m on a “word about words” kick lately…


malapropism noun

  • the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect

Example: “dance a flamingo” instead of a “flamenco”, referring to a person as a “suppository of knowledge” instead of a “repository”

Origin: mid 19th century, from the name of the character Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan’s play The Rivals (1775). Originally from French mal à propos “inappropriate”.


This would be fun to play with: insert some malapropisms into normal speech and see if anyone catches you! I’d do it in this post if I could think of any example at all…


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