Term: Malapropisms

Definition:


Mrs Malaprop was a character in a play by the British writer Sheridan who confused words and used incorrect words that sounded similar to the word she meant to say. If someone does this it is a Malapropism.

EXAMPLE OF A MALAPROPISM:

A politician is alleged to have said that he would support a colleague to the best of his "mobility", instead of "ability".

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