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Malapropism

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Gregory Rogers

on 5 March 2010

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Transcript of Malapropism

A malapropism is the substitution of a word for a word with a similar sound, in which the resulting phrase makes no sense but often creates a comic effect. Malapropism Basic Example Phrase should read:

"Mary Had A Little Lamb It's Fleace Was White As Snow" The word "Fleace" was replaced with "Fleas"
This is a malapropisim because the two words sound very similar
This mistake creates a comedic effect Etymology The phrase has been found in Oxford dictionaries as early as 1630

Was popularised in 1775 by the play: "The Rivals"

The play featured a Character named Mrs.Malaprop

She was famous in the play for her malapropisims Examples: "...promise to forget this fellow - to illiterate him, I say, quite from your memory." Obliterate "...she's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of Nile." Alligator Spotting A Malapropism The word or phrase that is used means something different from the word the speaker or writer intended to use.

The replaced word sounds similar to its correct counterpart

The word being used has a recognized use in the writers language

The phrase that is produced is nonsense Examples Jade Goody - Big Brother UK "I don't want to be an escape goat ..." Scapegoat George Bush - Former President Of The United States "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile." hostage Ringo Starr - Former Beatle "Don't get historical!" HySterical George Bush - Former President Of The United States "The law I sign today directs new funds... to the task of collecting vital intelligence... on weapons of mass production." Destruction George Bush - Former President Of The United States "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." Conservation Mondegreens Misheard Lyrics Bachman Turner Over Drive Takin' Care Of Business "Takin Care Of Business" "Bakin' Carrot Biscuits" Jimi Hendrix Purple Haze "Excuse me while I kiss this guy." "Excuse me while I kiss the sky."
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