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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
verb intr.: To misuse a word by confusing it with a similar-sounding word, producing a humorous effect. For example, “pineapple of perfection” for “pinnacle of perfection” (from the play The Rivals).
After Mrs. Malaprop, a character in Richard Sheridan’s play, The Rivals (1775), who confused words in this manner. The name Malaprop is coined from French “mal à propos” (inappropriate). Earliest documented use: 1959.
“Why not throw caution to the birds, as he had malaproped, and make the call?”
Arnold Grossman; Going Together; Fulcrum Publishing; 2007.
See more usage examples of malaprop in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way. -Edgar Guest, poet (20 Aug 1881-1959)