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A reference to Mrs. Malaprop, a character in the play The Rivals (1775) by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Throughout the play, Mrs. Malaprop uses inappropriate, but like-sounding, words for comic effect. As dramatic characters in English comic plays of this time often had allusive names, it is likely that Sheridan fashioned the name from malapropos "inappropriate".
- (uncountable) The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar sounding one.
- Malapropism is much older as a phenomenon than it is as a word.
- Don't engage in malapropism, if you can help it.
- (countable) An instance of this.
- The translator matched every malapropism in the original with one from his own language.
- The humor comes from all the malapropisms.
- (instance of blundering use of similar-sounding expression): malaprop
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