Malapropism is the act of using an incorrect word in place of one that is similar in pronunciation. The word comes from a character named Mrs. Malaprop in the play "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Malapropism is also referred to as Dogberryism, named after Officer Dogberry in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Both characters made these speech errors.
Here are some examples of malapropisms:
Here are some examples of malapropisms made by well-known people:
These are examples of malapropisms spoken by Archie Bunker in "All in the Family":
These are examples of malapropisms made by former president George W. Bush:
You may mis-speak sometimes and create your own malapropism examples, so watch out for them.