Thursday, January 03, 2002
Definitions for malapropos
- Unseasonable; unsuitable; inappropriate.
- In an inappropriate or inopportune manner; unseasonably.
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Citations for malapropos
Such malapropos wise cracks are driven home with a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack which serenades scenes of human tragedy with bouncy, Disneyesque melodies.
As an on-air radio pronouncer, I am quite familiar with the hazard of opening the mouth before the brain is in gear. It is very easy to fire-off a malapropos statement in the heat of trying to make a point and the result is some funny things are said, but perhaps not meant.
Origin of malapropos
Malapropos comes from French mal à propos, "badly to the purpose."