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