Word Ways


Webster's unabridged dictionary (Third Edition) defines a malapropism as "a usually humorous misapplication of a word or phrase; specifically, a blundering use of a word that sounds somewhat like the one intended but is ludicrously wrong in the context." The term is derived from Mrs. Malaprop, a lady in Richard Sheridan's 1775 comedy, "The Rivals," noted for her misuse of words.