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Malapropism Definition in Context 601 Words

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/ˈmæl.ə.prɒp.ɪ.zəm/ (noun)

Malapropism definition

unintentional use of wrong words that share a similar pronunciation which could yield ridiculous or humorous results in linguistics, slip of the tongue, misapplication of words

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A malapropism is the misuse of a word that has a similar sound to the correct word. Malapropisms, formerly known as malaprops, can add a comic effect and complexity to speech and written works. Malapropisms are surprisingly common, particularly within the extensive English vocabulary, and often occur in everyday speech. Authors will sometimes use them because of their humorous effect as literary devices.

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Parts of speech

Noun: malapropist

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