malaprop

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Malaprop

[mal-uh-prop]
noun
Mrs., a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words.
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malapropism (ˈmæləprɒpˌɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, esp when creating a ridiculous effect, as in I am not under the affluence of alcohol
2.  the habit of misusing words in this manner
 
[C18: after Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775), a character who misused words, from malapropos]
 
'malaprop
 
adj
 
mala'propian
 
adj

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malaprop
1823, see malapropism.
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