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  Language Log: Egg corns: folk etymology, malapropism, mondegreen, ???
Chris Potts has told me about a case in which a woman wrote "egg corns" for "acorns." This might be taken to be a folk etymology, like "Jerusalem" for "girasole" in "Jerusalem artichoke" (a kind of sunflower).
Finally, it's also something like a malapropism, where a word is mistakenly substituted for one of similar sound shape.
It's not a malapropism, because "egg corn" and "acorn" are really homonyms (at least in casual pronunciation), while pairs like "allegory" for "alligator," "oracular" for "vernacular" and "fortuitous" for "fortunate" are merely similar in sound (and may also share some aspects of spelling and morphemic content).
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/000018.html   (338 words)

  
  Malapropism - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
Malapropism is a term used to describe the misuse of stage props with delicious, harmful intent.
Many a movie phonetic thought that the famed fire distinguisher ontario would bring a bold lesson to budding movie die-erectors: "Keep your props locked away, lest they be subjucated to maluse." However, back then, many die-erectors were described as "as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of denial".
Although perhaps not a suitcase of purist malapropism, Shakespeare's apparition is often regarded as one of the biggest movie al-frescos of all time.
www.uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Malapropism   (832 words)

  
  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Malapropism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The term "malapropism," however, is generally attributed to the public reaction to Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals, and in particular the character Mrs.
Malaprop, who frequently misspoke (to great comic effect), in joking reference to the word "malapropos." The new term "malapropism" was coined to designate the specific kind of mistake, or inappropriate usage, Mrs.
Malapropisms appear in many works written well before Sheridan created their namesake character; William Shakespeare used them in several of his comedies.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Malapropism   (3583 words)

  
 malapropisms
Malapropism is a particular risk for those who attempt to put on airs, by using what they consider to be "more elevated" language than they would normally use.
These days people are so careless about the use of language, even when they aren't being pretentious, that malapropisms pop up all over the place, even in the work of professional writers.
I am somewhat less forgiving when a professional writer commits a malapropism, simply because published errors of that sort provide unfortunate models that help to propel the degradation of the language.
www.grammartips.homestead.com /malapropisms.html   (460 words)

  
 The UVic Writer's Guide: Malapropism
Malapropism is the accidental use of a word which resembles the one intended, but has a different, often contradictory meaning.
Malaprop in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775): "Caparisons are odorous," she proclaims.
An earlier example is the verbal confusion of Constable Elbow in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (1604) quoted in the section on humour.
web.uvic.ca /wguide/Pages/LTMalapropism.html   (62 words)

  
 Malapropism Information
A malapropism (from French mal à propos, "ill to purpose") is an incorrect usage of a word by substituting a similar-sounding word with different meaning, usually with comic effect.
Malaprop, a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy, The Rivals (1775), whose name was in turn derived from the existing English word malapropos, meaning "inappropriately".
The character of Ricky (Trailer Park Boys) uses malapropisms on a regular basis, he calls sasquatches Sasketchewans, talks about Catch 23 situations, and says his daughter is just going through phrases.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Malapropism   (667 words)

  
 Malapropism
Malaprop was always substituting a similar-sounding word for the word that she intended to use.
Malaprop whose name became associated with the language phenomenon of malapropisms.
Authors and playwrights sometimes use malapropisms to paint a negative portrait of a character.
www.riverdeep.net /current/2000/07/070700_malaprop.jhtml   (920 words)

  
 What the Heck is a Malapropism?
A malapropism is the [usually] accidental use of a word which is similar to the one intended but which produces a different (and often contradictory) effect.
Malaprop wants to fit in with her upper-class aquaintances, and thinks that big words are the way to go.
According to Dictionary.com, something that is ballistic "relates to or is characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity; ex:'ballistic missile'" In conversation, "ballistic" is slang for "furious"!
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/english_grammar_style/49677   (462 words)

  
 Spoonerism and Malapropism « The General Paper
So spoonerisms and malapropisms are both linguistic phenomena that involve substitution, but of rather different things.
Her name is derived from the French phrase mal à propos, meaning 'inappropriate', and is an example of an aptronym—a name that fits some aspect of a character.
Understandably, the humour that may be present in a malapropism only works if the audience understands and recognises the misused and intended words.
generalpaper.wordpress.com /2006/06/22/spoonerism-and-malapropism   (377 words)

  
 Thinglish.com: Two diverse cultures joined by a common language
Malaprop in a play called, `The Rivals' by Richard Sheridan in the year 1775.
Malaprop thus was a feather-brained lady who possessed a glib tongue.
Malapropism means the wrong substitution for a single word.
www.thinglish.com /archives/the_good/index.html   (607 words)

  
 malapropism - Definitions from Dictionary.com
Malaprop, character in Sheridan's play "The Rivals" (1775), noted for her ridiculous misuse of large words (i.e.
Malaprop, a character in an eighteenth-century British comedy, The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, constantly confuses words.
malapropism was Word of the Day on November 26, 2001.
dictionary.reference.com /search?db=*&q=malapropism   (215 words)

  
 Malapropisms
This is the hilarious world of malapropisms, verbal slips and gaffes, Bushisms, Colemanballs, and, of course, Mrs.
We all know that when someone misuses a word, the result can induce hysterics, unless of course it is we who have made the blunder, in which case embarrassment it the more likely effect.
There is no shortage of hilarious malapropism slips from the world of famous celebrities, TV presenters, sports stars, commentators, and so on.
www.fun-with-words.com /malapropisms.html   (248 words)

  
 Dictionary.com/Word of the Day Archive/malapropism
The usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound; also, an example of such misuse.
He also had, as a former colleague puts it, "a photogenic memory"--a malapropism that captures his gift for the social side of life, his Clintonian ability to remember names of countless people he has met only briefly.
Malaprop, a character noted for her amusing misuse of words in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy
www.dictionary.com /wordoftheday/archive/2007/03/08.html   (148 words)

  
 Literal-Minded: Idiom Blending   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Geoff Nunberg at Language Log has noticed what he judges to be a malapropism: the word page-burner, used to refer to an exciting new novel by Michael Crichton.
A malapropism is the inappropriate substitution of one actually existing word for a phonetically similar one--for example, testicle analysis instead of statistical analysis.
Of course, you could define the term malapropism to cover both kinds of situations, but I think the situation here happens often enough, and is different enough from the other kind of malapropism, to merit its own name.
literalmind.blogspot.com /2004/12/idiom-blending.html   (806 words)

  
 Aproposisms: Interesting Thing of the Day
I noticed that, amusingly enough, sometimes malapropisms were mistakenly referred to as misnomers, and vice-versa.
A misnomer, by the way, is an inappropriate name for something or someone, whereas a malapropism is the (often humorous) misuse of a word due to its similarity in sound to another word.
Malaprop’s lines were peppered with verbal blunders, and the name was supposed to be a joke for those who knew some French—a catchy shortening of “malapropos,” which means “inopportunely.” Malapropos, in turn, is a combination of mal (“bad”) + à (“to”) + propos (“purpose”).
itotd.com /articles/403/aproposisms   (812 words)

  
 Word of the Day - yourDictionary.com
Still, we don't suggest you malaprop but simply enjoy the malapropisms you hear around you: "This restaurant has quite a lovely ambulance!" "Such an attractive man—he's got a very appalling way about him." "A missile defense shield could start a new clear war." Enough already!
Malaprop, a character noted for her misuse of words in Richard Sheridan's comedy "The Rivals" (1775).
Malaprop thus is the eponym of "malapropism." (Our thanks to friends in North Lincolnshire, UK, for providing some of the witty examples in today's suggested usage.)
www.yourdictionary.com /wotd/wotd.pl?word=malapropism   (237 words)

  
 "steadfast progress" malapropism? - Englishpage.com Forums
In what point are they examples of "malapropism?"
Here are four definitions for "steadfast." If you take 1 or 2 as the meaning, then "steadfast progress" is a malapropism: steadfast (immovable) progress (movement).
If you take 3 or 4 as the meaning, then there is no malapropism.
www.englishpage.com /forums/showthread.php?t=4138   (155 words)

  
 Definition of malapropism - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775)
Learn more about "malapropism" and related topics at Britannica.com
See a map of "malapropism" in the Visual Thesaurus
www.m-w.com /dictionary/malapropism   (71 words)

  
 malapropism - OneLook Dictionary Search
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malapropism : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
Malapropism : Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
www.onelook.com /?w=malapropism&ls=a   (217 words)

  
 The Iconoclast - New English Review
The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that more makers of malapropisms make mondegreens than makers of mondegreens make malapropisms.
I think Lady Mondegreen is more intelligent and more of a femme fatale than Mrs Malaprop, but I wouldn’t go to the barracudas over this.
Norm Crosby was a comedian who made his living with malapropisms.
www.newenglishreview.org /blog_direct_link.cfm?blog_id=3673   (287 words)

  
 Malapropisms - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com
Home > Reference > Glossary > M > Malapropisms
Mrs Malaprop was a character in a play by the British writer Sheridan who confused words and used incorrect words that sounded similar to the word she meant to say.
A politician is alleged to have said that he would support a colleague to the best of his "mobility", instead of "ability".
www.usingenglish.com /glossary/malapropism.html   (138 words)

  
 Annoyances.org - re: Malapropism in Windows Calculator Accessory (Windows 98 Discussion Forum)
Annoyances.org - re: Malapropism in Windows Calculator Accessory (Windows 98 Discussion Forum)
I won't comment further on the existence of gradients, as there is enough quoted here already, but in addition to the gap in your mathematical knowledge, I think you should look up the meaning of malapropism - as what you have tried to describe as a malpropism isn't one...
Please do not plagiarize; redistributing these pages without permission is strictly prohibited.
www.annoyances.org /exec/forum/win98/1015854890   (303 words)

  
 opundo
If you haven't figured out from the domain name and a quick look around what kind of site opundo is, you've probably come to the wrong place.
If you're a palindromic philologist, a feghoot or jabberwocky fan, helplessly malaproped or otherwise like a good clean game of words, there could be something here for you.
We've also got serious stuff on figures of speech.
www.opundo.com   (429 words)

  
 ALISTAIR COOKE; Childhood Malapropism - New York Times
ALISTAIR COOKE; Childhood Malapropism - New York Times
Reading John J. O'Connor's tribute to Alistair Cooke, "An Icon in an Armchair Makes a Gracious Exit" [ Nov. 29 ], brought back a flood of memories of curling up on my parents' bed with my mother and our dog to watch "Upstairs, Downstairs."
To me, it was just another one of those adult mysteries in life: Why was a cook the host of a show, and why would anyone ever name a man Alice?
query.nytimes.com /gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE5D7113AF930A25751C1A964958260   (116 words)

  
 malapropism: See what people are saying right now on Technorati   (Site not responding. Last check: )
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 Funniest unintentional Malapropism -- Editor, please?
My favorite malapropism, which a friend actually used unintentially is "all the colors of the rectum." I really like it and use it whenever I get the chance.
Redundancy alert: if it's truly a malapropism, it's unintentional.
On another subject, my local newspaper once placed the following headline on a story about Bill Clinton's interaction with a recalcitrant Republican-controlled Congress:
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