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Malapropism
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The word malapropism comes ultimately from the French mal à propos meaning "inappropriate" via "Mrs. Malaprop", a character in the Richard Brinsley Sheridan comedy The Rivals (1775) who habitually misused her words. Malapropisms also occur as errors in natural speech. Malapropisms are often the subject of media attention, especially when made by politicians or other prominent individuals.

These just make me laugh =) It's really too easy to blurt out a word that is similar to one that means what you intend it to mean, but means something completely different.

Here are some malapropisms from famous people:

    "The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder." -   Richard Daley, former mayor of Chicago

    "He was a man of great statue." - Thomas Menino, mayor of Boston

    "Texas has a lot of electrical votes." (electoral votes) - Yogi Berra

    "Be sure and put some of those neutrons on it." (croutons) - Mike Smith

    "Create a little dysentery among the ranks." (dissension) - Christopher Moltisanti from "The Sopranos"

And a few from Archie Bunker:

    "A witness shall not bear falsies against thy neighbor."

    "The hookeries and massageries…the whole world is turning into a regular Sodom and Glocca Morra."

    "Last will and tentacle…"

    "Irene Lorenzo, Queen of the Women’s Lubrication Movement."

    "In closing, I’d like to say Molotov!" (Mazel Tov)

I don't remember "All in the Family" too well. My father hated it, so we rarely watched it. I remember that Archie called his son-in-law "Meathead," and bawled at Edith constantly. But reading the quotes above, I had to giggle. i don't think such a terribly un-PC show could possibly air today. Instead, we have reality shows. Ugh.

Have you ever mistakenly created a malapropism of your own??

Stolen from our very own Horace Boothroyd III this morning:

I'm sure her melatonin composition had nothing to do with it. /snark
NB: Horace fixed it, but I had to post it because it is so perfect =) Thank you, Horace!
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