Malapropism is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of malapropism, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
EXAMPLES - Malapropism in a Sentence
- Mr. STARR: It's called a malapropism, John used to say. (source)
- Did you ever wonder where the word malapropism came from? (source)
- A malapropism that is Bushian in it's stupidity from Big Mac. (source)
- You pretend I use a malapropism yet don't list your etymology. (source)
- Yet no one in the mainstream press seems to have noticed this malapropism. (source)
- The intellect issue is kind -- he has a kind of propensity for malapropism. (source)
- Someday it may take its place in our language alongside malapropism and Bushism. (source)
- Indeed, the oft-repeated malapropism of "refudiate" seems to cover it quite well. (source)
- Most likely, the term sheath is just another case of your typical Texan malapropism. (source)
- The announcer called the noise "a meaningful semi-silence," which sounds like a malapropism. (source)
- Jack can't help wincing, just as his mother would, when Joy issues the occasional malapropism. (source)
- To quote my late father Sol, the master of the malapropism, I say to these Republican dummies... (source)
- Make hay while the sun shines make my day make no bones about it make-work maladjustment malapropism (source)
- "I was delighted to find a malapropism last weekend in, of all places, the column of William Safire." (source)
- The explanation behind House File 2028 says it would correct a "malapropism" in the legal description. (source)
- We must be really bored this afternoon to focus on an obvious malapropism or spontaneously fumbled words. (source)
- It was better talk than the moody aloofness of a Chirac, the naive malapropism of a Bush or the sinister Putin. (source)
- He sounds a lot like George W. Bush, and not only because of the malapropism (he meant "foisted," not "hoisted"). (source)
- That had me recalling with fondness my late Uncle Marty, a man with a penchant for the Yogi Berra-esque malapropism. (source)
- So, my quibble about the moderation of the former Democrat from Connecticut is not a matter of correcting a malapropism. (source)
- a type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct. (source)
- Plumly points out the unexpected turn, verging on a malapropism, in Brown's preposition: the disease is on his mind, not in it. (source)
- Mr. Prescott, a sometime merchant seaman given to malapropism, has served up a salty, profanity-littered account of his decade in office. (source)
- I think "could care less" makes sense if it's said sarcastically, but more commonly, I agree with you that it's an irritating malapropism. (source)
- As former Yankees catcher and New York Mets manager Yogi Berra, the master of the malapropism, famously said, "It's deja vu all over again. . ." (source)
- It's bad enough when he does it in his own text; it's far worse when he puts the malapropism in someone else's mouth (who would likely know better). (source)
- Also, any potential malapropism by Biden will be overshadowed by the rest of the debate: Palin being a rambling fool and Biden being experienced and sharp. (source)
- For every malapropism -- "I love James Oil Jerns and Rhonda Linstadt" -- there were a dozen "I'll paint your kitchens" and "I'll drive you to the airports." (source)
- "Bacon, or whoever corrected the play in 1598, might have corrected" primater "into" pia mater, "unless Bacon intended the blunder for a malapropism of" Nathaniel, a (source)
- The only sudden movements came when the occasional goose, after being fed, whipped its head from side to side like the Aflac duck reacting to a Yogi Berra malapropism. (source)
- ** Of course, I find the word "hobo" extremely funny in general and use it frequently which is almost certainly the cause of Louise's malapropism. posted by Slimbolala link (source)
- Ironically, it is the malapropism-prone John Prescott's "the green belt is a Labour achievement, and we intend to build on it" that is most likely to pass into the anthologies. (source)
- The fight for the mountains 'main congressional seat is sounding like a combination of Bill Clinton and baseball malapropism master Yogi Berra: It's the economy all over again, stupid. (source)
- The old gentleman, too, had publicly declared that the Fieldhead estate and the De Walden estate were delightfully contagious - a malapropism which rumour had not failed to repeat to Shirley. (source)
- Hesitation, er and um, repetition, malapropism, round the houses stuff, selective and actual deafness, a thousand languages & dialects...real life would have nothing to do with telling a story. (source)
- The malapropism from Stroger -- whose apparent functional illiteracy is so striking that he makes Mayor Daley sound like Winston Churchill, and George W. Bush sound like Adlai Stevenson -- rang a bell when I heard it. (source)
- It's clearly a form of malapropism, I'm sure it's been around for a long time, I expect it has a name -- but I'm not coming up with the name and would have no idea how to search on it other than scanning through lists of malaprops. (source)
- Pat Brown too has faded into history, remembered, if at all, for indecision (to which his son reportedly contributed) in the Caryl Chessman execution and for humorous malapropism ( "This is the greatest disaster since my election.") (source)
- They will do what they always do and focus on the malapropism of their opponent (but squeal like stuck pigs when this tactic is used against them a la the Wesley Clark comment re: military service not being a preparation for the presidency). (source)
- There were the original gang members: Jonathan Winters (in character as an aging baseball star); Norm Crosby (master of malapropism); and Shelley Berman (doing his classic rotary-phone call, still dialing a number rather than pressing buttons). (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "malapropism" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 19 synonyms for malapropism.
atrocity, barbarity, brutality, catachresis, coarseness, corruption, cruelty, impropriety, inhumanity, localism, misusage, misuse, primitive culture, provincialism, solecism, uncivilizedness, vernacularism, vernacularity, vulgarism
We have 3 antonyms for malapropism.
kindness, niceness, praise
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of malapropism from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
- (noun) An example of such misuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar sounding one.
- (noun) An instance of this; malaprop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The act or habit of misapplying words through an ambition to use fine language.
- (noun) A word so misapplied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar