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".


 

See Also:Irony; Hyperbole; Sarcasm; Slang; Jargon; Tautology; Understatement; Litotes; Rhetorical Question; Cliche; AllegoryPortmanteau Word; Spoonerism

Category: Vocabulary