June 7th, 2013

grammar -- from cmzero

Friday Funnies: Angry English Major

Image from the October 12, 2012 strip of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

While a more in-depth definition can be found at Merriam-Webster, malapropism is basically a case of using a similarly sounding word in a way that ends up humorous.

Not sure what a malapropism is? In light of the death of Jean Stapleton, I thought I'd share a couple of examples of malapropisms from All in the Family's Archie Bunker.
  • the Women's Liberation Movement became "the Women's Lubrication Movement"
  • “This is a Jewish cake! They give this to a Jewish kid before he gets circumscribed.”
  • “The Bible, if ya read it you'd know. It's right in the beginning there, in the Book of Generous.”
  • “What do I look like, an inferior decorator?”
  • “At night they all come out of the subway and they're hooverin' around the corner.”

What are some of your favorite malapropisms?

Malapropism Sources