Thursday, October 26, 2006

Malapropism

I am half way through my packing for my trip and I cannot see myself getting any sleep tonight. Don't really mind, not really looking forward to staying up in a 24 hour flight, books in the dim-lit cabin can only take up so much time.

Back to the topic, I got home and after a few glasses of Chardonnay, we (I ,Suraj and Renju) got ourselves in to our recent habit of unwanted english literature discussions. For a change it was a variation from our recent topic of 'Irony'. I think we have covered every permutation of 'Irony' in the last few weeks.

Today's topic was Malapropism and being in our alcohol induced creative state we came up with some unconventional examples for it.. But sticking to facts, Malapropism is better defined below.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism

Definition: A malapropism is an incorrect usage of a word by substituting a similar-sounding word with different meaning, usually with comic effect. The term comes from the name of a character, Mrs. Malaprop, in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy The Rivals (1775).

Some Examples:
1. "He's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile." (i.e., alligator)
2. "He is the very pineapple of politeness." (i.e., pinnacle)
3: "If I reprehend any thing in this world, it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!" (i.e., apprehend, vernacular, arrangement, epithets)
4: "Why killing's the matter! Why murder's the matter! But he can give you the perpendiculars." (i.e., particulars, from a scene in Horrible Histories)

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