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From Wikipedia:

A malapropism (also called a Dogberryism or acyrologia) is the substitution of a word for a word with a similar sound, in which the resulting phrase makes no sense but often creates a comic effect.

Elaboration here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism

We've all heard them. We've all made them. Let's share. I'll start:

Bagman has a co-worker I've dubbed Mr. Malaprop, because he seems to come out with a new one every day. Recent ones I enjoyed were "cutting-age technology" (that's plastic surgery, right?) and "unthaw" (I guess that means freeze).

Heard on a radio talk show -- the caller was lamenting the fact that our society is quick to sue: "We've become too liturgical!"

A friend reflecting on a period when he didn't want to be around people: "I just wasn't feeling socialistic."

Someone telling me a particular action I took was taken too soon: "That was immature!"

I'm guilty, too. I once referred to a particular surgery as a "tubal litigation."


DF frequently uses "calliper" in place of "caliber". As in "She seems like the calliper of person who would do that sort of thing"

In high school, a friend couldn't recall the word "spontaneity", so she made up "spontaneosity".  I prefer her word - somehow it fits the spirit of the definition better.

Clara Bow:
People who call in the calvary. I don't know if the hill where the crucifixion has a horseback division.

I had a friend in high school who would always say "cereal" when she meant "serious".

And she wasn't joking!


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