malaprop malaprop  /ˈmæ lə ˌprɑp/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

Usage(s):

  1. But less than four months later, the sometimes goofy, malaprop-prone Republican devastated the Democrats.
  2. More of the truth about Samuel Goldwyn was revealed by his actual appearance than by his popular image as the archetypal movie mogulignorant, tyrannical, malaprop-spewing.
  3. She was brought from her perch, led to the center of the stage, handed several sheets of paper and directed to read their malaprop contents.

News

  • Asheville area literary & book-related events

    Journalist Mark Kurlansky, best known for the best-selling 'Salt,' will present his new book about the pop hit 'Dancing in the Street' Tuesday at Malaprop's.
    on July 14, 2013     Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

Quotes

  • Sprinkled throughout the evening were, Cusack said, "Brians words read in what Mrs Malaprop might describe as 'invocations' of three of his greatest plays".
    on Sep 14, 2009 By: Sinead Cusack Source: Irish Times

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