“Last week we incorrectly stated that Mr. [X] was a defective on the police force. He is of course a detective in the police farce.”
A “malapropism” is defined as the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding word which often proves entertaining. The term was inspired by Mrs. Malaprop, a fictional character in Richard Sheridan’s 18th century play, The Rivals, who was famous for her word stumbles.
A few merry malapropisms to give you a laugh and lighten your day:*
“Good punctuation means not to be late.”
“He had to use a fire distinguisher.”
“It will percussion the blow.”
“Dad says the monster is just a pigment of my imagination.”
“Isn’t that an expensive pendulum round that man’s neck?”
“She was a child progeny, you know.”
“He winched a little as she began to stitch the wound.”
“My sister has. Extra-century perception.”
“A sneer went up after the Prime Minister’s speech.”
“ boxer is a sportsman who always hurts the one he gloves.”
“He’s a wolf in cheap clothing.”
And now, enlightened and entertained, let’s all write on!
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