scribbles tagged ‘malaprop’

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | tags: , , , ,  |

Autumn 006

At first,

I thought a new collective noun had been created for the process of “unfriending” someone when I overheard an American say



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braziers all round

Saturday, October 25th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

braziers all roundReasons why I love Reading 257:   innovative mall decorations

This display made me smile and envy the people who constructed it for the obvious fun in both conceiving of the idea and implementing it.   Very creative and entertaining.   Excellent job.  I wonder what their christmas decorations will be like?   I will certainly be returning to the Broad Street mall

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Phonological Similarity V: Confusion

Thursday, December 15th, 2005 | tags: ,  |

Confusion sounds like Confucian


This can produce a phonologically based spelling challenge.   No prizes for guessing who’s recently made that Malapropism.

W Most-Often-Miss-Pelt

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Phonological similarity meets typed Malaproprism

Thursday, November 17th, 2005 | tags: , , ,  |

I typed

Mail instead of Main

within an email

to a male


I chuckled to myself.    This possibly isn’t amusing for you unless you are  actually  on Planet-Wendy* with me.      No map available to Planet-Wendy.

”cars ‘eee  ain’ begit’n maw carn-tex’    

Regional accent outbreak.   It means ‘context UNPUBLISHABLE’.

*photograph of Planet-Wendy  painting** attached.

** the painting*** actually IS hung on the wall in my garage.  

***I’m open to painting  purchase offers,   make me a bid…   ….I promise not to cry…  

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Malaproprism* of the week

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 | tags: ,  |
Livid dreaming

* Dictionary source
The online OED as started charging for its services       Merrirum Webster’s** pesters with pop-ups for  free!



** Malaproprism
Etymology: Mrs. Malaprop, character noted for her misuse of words in R. B. Sheridan’s comedy The Rivals (1775)***
1 : the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially : the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.
 *** The Rivals
This was a high school English literature class text for me.   The whole class read it out loud taking turns to play respective roles.   Fun!
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