Malapropism Mayhem!

We love puns and their inbred cousins, malapropisms! A few months back we Ooops! I misspoke! Malapropismsposted this on our Facebook page:

Malapropism noun-[MAL-uh-prop-iz-uhm]-The act of misusing words ridiculously,  especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. Mother no’s best. If you come to a fork in the road, take it. We made too may wrong mistakes. We have deep depths. You can observe a lot by watching.

And our friends posted these zingers:

  • Men with the grey hair just at the temples is so extinguished looking!
  • It’s getting hard for my brain to detain all of this information…
  • We made way too many wrong mistakes!
  • “The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder.” Richard Daley, former Chicago mayor
We’d love a few more to add to our collection!

Did you know that the term ‘malapropism’ came from a 1775 Richard Brinsley Sheridan play, “The Rivals”? This play had a comical character called Mrs Malaprop who frequently misspoke. It is assumed that Sheridan created her name from the word malapropos (inappropriate). Got all that?

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