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Monday, April 11, 2005

malapropos

\mal-ap-ruh-POH\ , adjective;
1.
Unseasonable; unsuitable; inappropriate.
adverb:
1.
In an inappropriate or inopportune manner; unseasonably.
Quotes:
Such malapropos wise cracks are driven home with a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack which serenades scenes of human tragedy with bouncy, Disneyesque melodies.
-- Steve Rabey, "Noah's Ark' hits bottom: Miniseries suffers from lack of accuracy", Arlington Morning News, May 2, 1999
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.
-- Gerry Forbes, "Foot-in-Mouth Afflictions", Calgary Sun, March 18, 2001
Origin:
Malapropos comes from French mal à propos, "badly to the purpose."
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