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    malapropism

    Hi,

    I came across this sentence in a vocab book. It says here that it contains a malapropism, a word that might sound similar to something that's not. Obviously that word is "defecating". My question is: what word could it replace? Something that sounds pretty much the same and that I guess means "to soil, stain"... I just can't figure out what it is. I could definitely use some help. Thanks.

    "The graffiti artist was indicated for defecating the church with gang signs."

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    Re: malapropism

    I am not a teacher.

    Indicted for defacing, not 'indicated for defecating'.

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    Re: malapropism

    Or they might have meant "desecrating" instead of "defecating."

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    Re: malapropism

    Or a mixture of the two. The speaker's mind started 'def-' (correct so far) and then thought 'but I need four syllables with a stressed /eɪ/ diphthong'.

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    Re: malapropism

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or a mixture of the two. The speaker's mind started 'def-' (correct so far) and then thought 'but I need four syllables with a stressed /eɪ/ diphthong'.

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    Are you from Philadelphia? Do you dip your diphthongs?

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    Re: malapropism

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or a mixture of the two. The speaker's mind started 'def-' (correct so far) and then thought 'but I need four syllables with a stressed /eɪ/ diphthong'.

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    Well, the first malapropism was indicate, then he/she decided to go all in.


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