malapropism vs malapropos

malapropism malapropos


  • 1) uncountable The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar sounding one.
  • 2) countable An instance of this; malaprop.
  • 3) An example of such misuse.
  • 4) Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
  • 5) A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.
  • 6) the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
  • 7) A word so misapplied.
  • 8) The act or habit of misapplying words through an ambition to use fine language.


  • 1) out of place; inappropriate
  • 2) Out of place; inappropriate.
  • 3) of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
  • 4) In an inappropriate or inopportune manner.
  • 5) at an inconvenient time


  • 1) His nervousness escalated into an avalanche of malapropisms.
  • 2) When he used clichés or malapropisms, he did so for comic effect.
  • 3) Did you ever wonder where the word malapropism came from?
  • 4) a type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct.
  • 5) Mr. STARR: It's called a malapropism, John used to say.
  • 6) And it features the kind of malapropism-prone character who says “Toblerone” when he means “testosterone.”
  • 7) Two: a few days ago was the first anniversary of linguist Geoff Pullum's coining of the term 'eggcorns', a particular kind of malapropism that appears linguistically significant because it involves a switch to a wrong, but logical, alternative that is rapidly and widely assimilated into general language.
  • 8) The explanation behind House File 2028 says it would correct a "malapropism" in the legal description.
  • 9) ‘Finally, it's also something like a malapropism, where a word is mistakenly substituted for one of similar sound shape.’
  • 10) ‘They speak in spoonerisms and malapropisms and put forward bizarre concepts and beliefs.’
  • 11) ‘Each day has a statement containing spoonerisms, malapropisms, contradictions, strange and unrelated facts, and misuse of words.’
  • 12) ‘I decided against a bottle of wine as Mother had already drained her Kir with some speed and had begun to confuse her spoonerisms with her malapropisms.’
  • 13) ‘This is simultaneously a spelling error and a malapropism.’
  • 14) ‘Apparently Fowler considered this to be a malapropism as they sounded similar.’
  • 15) ‘The funniest malapropisms and turns of phrase tend to be unintentional bloopers.’
  • 16) ‘But aside from the malaprops, whether his or someone else's attributed to him, Yogi's language always has been clean.’
  • 17) ‘At a White House ceremony where he signed the $417 billion defense spending bill for the 2005 fiscal year, Bush uttered another of his celebrated malapropisms.’
  • 18) ‘His verbal miscues and malapropisms are the natural consequence of a man struggling with internal contradictions and a lack of self-knowledge.’
  • 19) ‘It's not the accent so much as the malapropisms that set them apart.’
  • 20) ‘For example, bad malapropisms are not only excused, but also quite plainly understood.’
  • 21) ‘Further malapropisms were to be found last week in Ireland on Sunday.’
  • 22) ‘Of these, errors in sound, usually called malapropisms, are probably the best known.’
  • 23) ‘Often a media gaffe is not an isolated malapropism but a reflection of an executive's whole attitude.’
  • 24) ‘And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it's good for us.’
  • 25) ‘He was funny, witty, and his malaprops were almost as legendary as his Yankee teammate Yogi Berra's.’
  • 26) ‘All the following are 100% genuine malapropisms, as said by R and L at various times in my hearing.’
  • 27) ‘The effect of a malapropism is usually humorous, but it can highlight quite profound connections between things.’
  • 28) ‘Here is a list of student malapropisms which I have collected since I began teaching - each represents an actual student's statement!’


  • 1) Next day, thanks to his histrionic powers and his ingratiating address, he was promoted to the rank of "supernumerary captain's servant" -- a "post which," I give his words, "I flatter myself, was created for me alone, and furnished me with opportunities unequalled for a task in which one word malapropos would have been my destruction."
  • 2) Washington particularly regretted what he called the “extreme malapropos” effect on Virginia, where the bad news from New Hampshire arrived in March just as delegates to the state ratifying convention were being chosen.
  • 3) First of all, totally malapropos usage of the Public Enemy lyric quote.
  • 4) I have every confidence that Israel's economy would rank far higher than 20th in your malapropos IMD "stress test" were it not for the war - now in its seventh decade.
  • 5) Treason, it seems, is still considered malapropos by some Democrats.
  • 6) I ought not to lose an opportunity of refuting an absurd story which has been much circulated, and which is repeated exceedingly malapropos under the article of the “Abbé Gedoyn,” upon whom the writer falls foul with great satisfaction, because in his youth he had been a Jesuit; a transient weakness, of which I know he repented all his life.
  • 7) As soon as the man of genius has made a new application of any word in the language, copyists are not wanting to apply it, very malapropos, in twenty places, without giving the inventor any credit.
  • 8) FSJ's malapropos concerning geography and language is so American!
  • 9) ‘Is that malapropos statement relevant?’
  • 10) ‘Now Mr. Cohen has a feature-length film with a title as malapropos as Borat's sendup of Kazakhstan.’
  • 11) ‘Many discoveries made long time ago seemed malapropos and were forgotten.’
  • 12) ‘Most scholars, however, would probably regard the inclusion of Mormon works on this page (The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Doctrine and Covenants) as malapropos.’
  • 13) ‘Such malapropos wise cracks are driven home with a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack which serenades scenes of human tragedy with bouncy, Disneyesque melodies.’

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