Friday, November 14, 2014

Amazing Word: Malapropism

Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.

This week my amazing word is:

MALAPROPISM

I pickled MALAPROPISM because of the comical nature of a malaprop. 

The usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially: the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.

This comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals, was known for her verbal blunders. "He is the very pine-apple of politeness," she exclaimed, complimenting a courteous young man.




Example of use:

Upon tasting the wine, my date for the evening, Carey, a blonde of considerable frontal assets, turned to our waiter, and, with a face of unbridled disgust, released a wonderful malapropism, “mister, this wine is cocked!”

Some famous malaprops:

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child." Dan Quayle, Vice President

"Your ambition - is that right - is to abseil across the English channel?" Cilla Black



Did you spot my intentional slip?