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February 19, 2007

O Ye Bedford Guide, How I Sleep Better With Thee Under My Pillow


"The erroneous substitution for the correct word of a word similar in sound but very different in meaning; a form of catachresis."

I remember once, long ago, I was a huge fan of professional wrestling. I was a then-WWF fan. I remember Vince McMahon once referred to Bob Backlund as "Mr. Malaprop." I didn't really understand it way back when, and until I looked it up, I didn't understand it. More or less, thanks to the Bedford Guide, I found that it is the misuse of an word in place of another which sounds alike - such as "precede" and "proceed."

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at February 19, 2007 10:51 PM


My father sometimes calls my mother "Ms. Malapropism" because she has a tendency to mix metaphors.

Actually, when he calls her that he is actually using a malaprop: he is substituting "mix metaphors" with "malaprop". The Irony, she is thick here.

Posted by: Anna at February 20, 2007 12:51 AM

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