Malapropisms: Let’s Have Fun Whether You Like it or Not!

Let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. What is a malapropism? The dictionary malapropism kigtells us: Malapropism noun-[MAL-uh-prop-iz-uhm]-The act of misusing words ridiculously,  especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. A few fine examples: “Mother no’s best”, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”, “We made too may wrong mistakes.” (last 2 by the malapropism master, Yogi Berra).

Here’s a few more examples of malapropisms:

  • The monster is just a pigment of your imagination
  • He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.
  • Michelangelo is known for painting the sixteenth chapel.

No one is as well known for his/her verbal blundering as Yogi Berra but the carroll o'connorfictional Archer Bunker  came pretty darn close. Do you remember any of these gaffs from “All in the Family”:

  • Shut the door will the two of yas. I’m catching ammonia!
  • You’re a chimp off the old block!
  • He’s up there in his ivory shower.
  • Meathead calls me a religious phonetic.

Emily Latella, played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, was the queen of quirky misinterpretations. Emily Latella would show up on Weekend Update and rant about various topics. I had a hard time finding a video to upload. Try this link roseanne roseannadannaHERE to see her on Soviet Jewelry (Jewry). Emily Latella also opined about Violins on TV (violins on TV), making Puerto Rico a Steak (making Puerto Rico a state), Endangered Feces (endangered species) and Presidential Erections (presidential elections). Hmm I think she deserves her own blog post! Later!

Let’s end this post will a few more from Yogi Berra:

  • He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.
  • Never answer anonymous letters.
  • It gets late early out there.
  • It ain’t over till it’s over.

Oh please send me some of your favorite malapropisms! I promise to include  them in future posts!

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Archie Bunker photo credit: By CBS Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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2 Responses to Malapropisms: Let’s Have Fun Whether You Like it or Not!

  1. Marilyn Miller says:

    Did you know that the origin of the word is French ( “mal a propos”) and came into usage after a character in a play called “The Rivals” by Richard Sheridan? There is a comical character named Mrs. Malaprop who misspeaks, comically, in the play That is how I learned the word, when we read the play in high school.
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