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malapropism - Word of the Day - Sun May 19, 2024


Myr

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malapropism - (noun) - a ludicrous misuse of words that sound alike

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Justin Beiber had a malapropism when he said he wasn't going for the Sixteenth Chappel look by adding more tattoos.

 

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The character Archie Bunker from All in the Family was famous, or infamous, for them as well.  He once said, "It's a well-known fact that capital punishment is a detergent to crime!"  

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Shakespeare used them as well.  He had the character Benvolio intentionally tell Juliet "that the nurse was going to indite Romeo to dinner".  

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It has been pointed out the former President George W. Bush once claimed that "Texas has a lot of electrical votes." 

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But the champion of malapropisms was Yogi Berra.

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Autocorrect leads to some absolutely fascinating unintended (and sometime hilarious) malapropisms. My phone does not like the word "karaoke" and habitually replaces it with "kamikaze".

My comment on Reddit:

I once sang the Car's song Drive at kamikaze while hammered.

Got a much bigger reaction than I expected.

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I still remember David Letterman giving Justin Bieber shit about his tattoos and evolving in to the great malapropism that Myr referred to :P 

Here is the entire interview in not good quality. Skip to 6:30 to see the reference :rofl:.

 

Watch the whole interview. It was one of the funniest interviews I ever saw on Letterman. And Bieber more or less held his own getting in his own shots.

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1 hour ago, wildone said:

I still remember David Letterman giving Justin Bieber shit about his tattoos and evolving in to the great malapropism that Myr referred to :P 

Here is the entire interview in not good quality. Skip to 6:30 to see the reference :rofl:.

 

Watch the whole interview. It was one of the funniest interviews I ever saw on Letterman. And Bieber more or less held his own getting in his own shots.

That was back when Justin was still cute and humble, although maybe a little dumb... but that was funny.  

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