Malapropism — the wrong word

August 1st, 2019 ___ A Malapropism, pronounced [mah-luh-PRAH-pih-zum], is the misuse of a word, especially by instead using a word that sounds similar. “Malapropism” derives from a character named ‘Mrs. Malaprop’ in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals. When she speaks, Mrs. Malaprop frequently misapplies words for the meanings she intends. For example, she says, …

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