Malapropism

Pronunciation: [ mal-uh-prop-iz-uhm ]


Definition: noun

an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound


Origin: Mid 19th century; English


Etymology: from the name of the character Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism


Usage:


Synonyms:

  • misapplication

  • misuse

Antonyms:

  • correct

  • praise

Example:

The young professional's malapropism made his manager chuckle when he said the "physical" versus "fiscal" year.

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