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Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:20:11 AM »
I used to watch a TV show called Brookside, set in Liverpool (UK) from 80s till I think 2006. It really was fantastic, and the leader of some very taboo storylines.
 
One of my favourite characters was Julia Brogan, an elderly lady who would come out with some corkers. 
 
"I think we should go to offer our support and raise their moralities" (instead of morales)
 
She talks about "stimulators" instead of simulators.
 
I am now firmly entrenched in watching Brookside on YouTube.   8)
 
What are your favourite malapropisms from TV/movies??
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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 02:30:49 PM »
Ricky on Trailer Park Boys has some good ones.

"It's not rocket appliances."

"Get two birds stoned at once."

"Make like a tree and <bad word>."

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 02:47:45 PM »
In Mystery Alaska a hockey commentator points out that something, "isn't rocket surgery."

I loved that one so much, I use it myself on purpose.  ;D
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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 06:14:48 PM »
"Sodom and Glocca Morra."

"Incest" for that burning fragrant stuff.

"Yamaha" for the head covering worn by Jewish men.

(All courtesy of Archie Bunker, "All in the Family.")
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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2014, 11:24:53 PM »
My favorite from this vein is always going to be from Grease, when the stuffy administrator lady is announcing "Maybe we can't all be great athletes, but we can all be athletic supporters!"

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2014, 01:01:01 PM »
Ziva from NCIS had some great ones (related to her shaky grasp of colloquial English) and Virginia from Raising Hope was priceless.

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 09:21:15 PM »
A young woman who got kicked off of MTV's Road Rules for hitting another castmember:  "I do not know what God has in storage for me."

Also Colby on Survivor Australia commenting on his mother coming for a "conjugal visit."

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2014, 09:26:05 PM »
Ziva from NCIS had some great ones (related to her shaky grasp of colloquial English) and Virginia from Raising Hope was priceless.

Oh I loved Ziva's attempts to use American idioms! :)  "American idioms drive me up the hall!"
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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2014, 06:26:55 PM »
Ziva from NCIS had some great ones (related to her shaky grasp of colloquial English) and Virginia from Raising Hope was priceless.

Oh I loved Ziva's attempts to use American idioms! :)  "American idioms drive me up the hall!"

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2014, 10:31:59 PM »
This show is such a treasure trove of these I can't even pick one or two favorites:

http://perfectstrangers.tv/balkiisms.htm

Although I am partial to, "When we go first class we eat the whole hog!"

And "You think I have ESPN?"

"I don't think he's playing with a full deck chair."

"Balki has his thinking cap pulled way down over his ears."

"Cousin Larry is my tormentor." (He was looking for the word "mentor" but, if you know their relationship...)

"...with both eyes tied behind his back"

"This could be it. Keep your eyes crossed."

"You just burst my baboon." (Although I think that one is a little forced, in the sense that I don't know if a real person, even one unfamiliar with the language, would confuse those words.)

And, from Roald Dahl's The BFG: "You is barking up the wrong dog."

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Re: Some of the best malapropisms ever heard in TV shows/movies
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2014, 11:49:02 PM »
I cannot believe I forgot this one, a classic:  Dmitri on Project Runway (being from Ukraine and not that familiar with American idioms) trying for "one-trick pony" and saying instead "one-way monkey."  It has become a staple phrase on PR forums.