I'll admit, I was familiar with this concept but not with this term until I was searching for interesting quotes one day. Yogi Berra, an accomplished baseball player and manager, is known for his humongous misuse of words. (okay, humorous)
|Yogi Berra (from Wikipedia)|
An example: "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious." (ambidextrous)
Before you write off malapropism as people simply destroying the English language, consider its contribution to humor.
"Well I try to look at the bright side. I guess you could say I'm an internal optometrist." (Steve Carell as Barry in Dinner for Schmucks, 2010)
Growing up, my sister used to always run around the house looking for her homework or school needs, often asking, "Have you seen my constipation notebook?" (composition) What started as misuse continued as a way to make her sisters and parents laugh.
The more I looked into malapropism, the more intrigued I became. I think I'll be visiting this topic again in the future. Since A to Z is about keeping it short, I thought I'd share a few more examples.
"It is beyond my apprehension." Danny Ozark, baseball team manager
"Listen to the blabbing brook." Norm Crosby
An a few quotes from the All in the Family Archie Bunker character, quite the master of malapropism.
"A woman doctor is only good for women's problems...like your groinocology."
"Patience is a virgin."
"I ain't a man of carnival instinctuals like you."
What's your favorite example of malapropism?
Oh, and in case you were wondering about the title of this post, I was playing around with the concept and mulling malapropism.
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