The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo” (instead of flamenco).
- Finally, it's also something like a malapropism, where a word is mistakenly substituted for one of similar sound shape.
- They speak in spoonerisms and malapropisms and put forward bizarre concepts and beliefs.
- Each day has a statement containing spoonerisms, malapropisms, contradictions, strange and unrelated facts, and misuse of words.
Mid 19th century: from the name of the character Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism.
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