noun see malapropism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • malapropism — noun Etymology: Mrs. Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. B. Sheridan s comedy The Rivals (1775) Date: 1849 1. the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially the use of a word sounding …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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