Several months ago I was writing a blog post about malapropisms and came across a gold mine (a gold mind?) of speech slip ups attributed to Archie Bunker, the bigoted patriarch in the ground-breaking sit com, “All in the Family” (1971-1979). Wow. A malapropism is produced when a word that is similar in sound, but nonsensical in context, is used in place of the correct word. Does that make sense? Here’s some of Archie Bunker’s absurd word mix ups:
- Please don’t draw me no diaphrams.
- We hold these semi-animal meetings.
- An octopus has eight testicles.
- A woman doctor is only good for women’s problems…like your groinocology.
- The sexual act was never constipated.
- What do I look like, an inferior decorator?
- Commenstrual with my experience.
- I’m out there everyday amongst them, in the smelting pot of New York.
- Present company suspected.
- That there is an invasion of my privates.
As Archie Bunker said about himself, “My doctor tells me I got a communications disease”.
Photo credits: By CBS Television (eBay item photo front photo back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons