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malapropism

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Malapropism Melissa Maldonado 5* the act or habit of misusing words to comic effect. This usually results from ignorance or from confusion of words similar in sound but different in meaning, mainly polysyllabic words.

The term is taken directly from the French mal a propos, meaning “inappropriate.” What is a Malapropism? It is seen as ignorance or confusion of words similar to each other.(intentional or not.) Video example Literary example 2000 2005 Malapropism examples WORK CITED "He is the very pine-apple of politeness!" "I am sure I have done everything in my power since I exploded the affair;" "...if ever you betray what you are entrusted with... you forfeit my malevolence for ever..." "O, he will dissolve my mystery!" I'm sorry to say, Sir Anthony, that my affluence over my niece is very small." "Mrs. Malaprop's Malapropisms." Malapropisms Example Malapropisms. N.p., n.d. Web. 2012. <http://www.fun-with-words.com/mala_malapropisms.html>. "Guide to Literary Terms." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, 2000. Web. 2012. <http://www.enotes.com/literary-terms/malapropism>. If it is intentional it creates a specific effect, it is suppose to create humor and distract the listener/reader from other important details he has told. Malapropism can also be used to describe the character such as their lack of intelligence or show how nervous/timid he is. "Malapropism." Changingminds.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 2012. <http://changingminds.org/techniques/language/figures_speech/malapropism.htm>. Listen carefully and try to identify the malapropisms! [benevolence] [exposed] [pinnacle] [resolve] [influence] Malaprop Cop. Dir. Gage DeZoort. By Zach Tucker. Perf. Parker Leonard and Zach Tucker. Youtube.com. Youtube.com, 3 July 2011. Web. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvdkNnJUPDk>. DOGBERRY
Is our whole dissembly appeared?
(dissembly (n.) malapropism for ‘assembly’)


RGES
O, a stool and a cushion for the Sexton.

SEXTON

Which be the malefactors?

DOGBERRY

Marry, that am I and my partner.

VERGES

Nay, that's certain; we have the exhibition to examine.
(exhibition (n.) malapropism for ‘commission’) the reason why Dogberry messes up so often is because he wants to sound more sophisticated but fails to do so. This creates comic relief in the play. and their could be a possibility of Dogberry utilizing malapropism is to seem simple-minded to get out of a complicated life, he is a foil character that has certain characteristics. In this passage from 'Much Ado About nothing' by William Shakespeare ,utilizes two malapropisms to describe two foil characters, Dogberry and Verge.
In this passage the character Dogberry uses the word dissembly what he really meant to say was ‘assembly’. 'Dissembly' is not a real word in the english language, the thought process assembly makes more sense because he meant a group of people. The character Verge uses the exhibition but in reality he meant to say commission. The reason why is because it does not make sense to use the word exhibition; because its definition is a display of art, items, etc. while the word commission means to to perform a task or duty which makes more sense in the sentence.

The reader/ listener does not know if malapropism is being used by these characters on purpose. If it is then it creates a comic effect or humor. Which can distract the reader from important details or lighten the mood of the scene.

But, if malapropism is used bluntly by the character it shows how the characters might confuse simple words that are similar sounding to it. It can be used to describe the lack of intelligence these characters have or how nervous/ timid they might be as a character.Another reason why these characters might mess up so often is to sound more sophisticated then what they're really are . Enter Dogberry, Verges, and the Sexton, in gowns;
and the Watch, with Conrade and Borachio "Much Ado About Nothing By William Shakespeare Character Analysis Dogberry." Much Ado About Nothing: Character Analysis: Dogberry. N.p., n.d. Web. 2012. <http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/much-ado-about-nothing/character-analysis/dogberry.html>. "Shakespeare's Words | | William Shakespeare." Shakespeare's Words | | William Shakespeare. Ben and Crystal, 2008. Web. 2012. <http://www.shakespeareswords.com/Plays.aspx?Ac=4>. "This is unparalyzed in the state's history."
Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House From the play Rivals by Sheridan "Guide to Literary Terms." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, 2000. Web. 2012. <http://www.enotes.com/literary-terms/malapropism>.
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