Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Word Fun: Malapropisms

This is the hilarious world of malapropisms, verbal slips and gaffes, Bushisms, Colemanballs, and, of course, Mrs. Malaprop. 
We all know that when someone misuses a word, the result can induce hysterics, unless of course it is we who have made the blunder, in which case embarrassment it the more likely effect. When an incorrect word is used like this, a malapropism is born. Here is a handful of genuine malapropisms gathered from across the Internet: 
  • He had to use a fire distinguisher. 
  • Dad says the monster is just a pigment of my imagination. 
  • Isn't that an expensive pendulum round that man's neck? 
  • Good punctuation means not to be late. 
  • He's a wolf in cheap clothing. 
  • Michelangelo painted the Sixteenth Chapel. 
  • My sister has extra-century perception. 
  • "Don't" is a contraption. 

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