malapropism
[ mal-uh-prop-iz-uhm ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
from the name of the character Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism
Synonyms
  • misapplication
  • misuse
Antonyms
  • correct
  • praise
Definition
an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound
Example
The young professional's malapropism made his manager chuckle when he said the "physical" versus "fiscal" year.
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