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Malapropism!

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Apr 2017
5:11pm, 11 Apr 2017
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Markymarkmark
My wife learned the word "hearse" as "Hearst". It's a conscious effort to pronounce it correctly.

My daughter's boyfriend's surname.....

Doesn't bode well for the relationship!
Apr 2017
5:12pm, 11 Apr 2017
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Markymarkmark
Got it, Larkim! Took a bit.....
Apr 2017
8:57am, 12 Apr 2017
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larkim
It turns out they actually exist! theiranproject.com

(Iranian hostages in case anyone was still scratching their heads)
Apr 2017
11:25am, 12 Apr 2017
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SimonClarke
I have a colleague who constantly refers to East Angular (whilst bidding for, and now delivering a project there). Also very annoying!
Apr 2017
11:32am, 12 Apr 2017
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Velociraptor
I have just attempted to make a telephone call to a patient who has been told he has an "ingrowing hernia" and wants some advice about it.
Apr 2017
12:35pm, 12 Apr 2017
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Muttley
Not really a malapropism, but a former colleague who was a newspaper hack told a story about being part of the media scrum following some politician VIP round on a tour. There was a lot of waiting around in between press conferences and a game the hacks played was to challenge each other to sneak a selected word into their questions. One was given "ostrich".

"Sir", he asked, "how do you think today's decisions will be viewed in Austria, or to give it its vernacular name, ...."
Mar 2019
3:04pm, 26 Mar 2019
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Markymarkmark
"I've included as the poignant details"..... :-O
Mar 2019
4:25pm, 26 Mar 2019
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swittle
Another undead thread given a few volts of charge! Sheridan would be rubbing his hands with Clee....
Mar 2019
4:43pm, 26 Mar 2019
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Goofee
My nan would often complain about the kids hanging around by the garages smoking pop.
Mar 2019
4:50pm, 26 Mar 2019
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larkim
My sister came home from (catholic) school in 1979 and informed my parents that they'd said a class prayer for the Iranian ostriches.

About This Thread

Maintained by MarkyMarkMark (3M)
The word "malapropism" (and its earlier variant "malaprop") comes from a character named "Mrs. Malaprop" in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals. Mrs. Malaprop frequently misspeaks (to comic effect) by using words which don't have the meaning that she intends but which sound similar to words that do.

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