Mrs. Malaprop is a character in a play by Richard Sheridan called The Rivals from way back in 1775. Over the course of the play, she would misspeak – replacing a word in a phrase with another word that sounds similar but just isn’t right. Thus, giving us many, many hilarious errors and coining forever the term Malapropism.
“Why, murder’s the matter! slaughter’s the matter! killing’s the matter! But he can tell you the perpendiculars.”
– Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals
Whenever things like this happen I want to behave like Bevis and mutter, “hee, she said perpendiculars”
One of the funniest I have ever heard with my own ears was from a stand up comic who was telling story in which a friend said something like, “Let me explain. OK, now, here’s a hypodermical situation.”
My favorite word is Mondegreen. I have written about it here for you who are curious to know its origins. The two are related in that a malapropism is something that is misspoken and a mondegreen is something misheard. Two fabulous words that result in some very funny situations.
My M Read: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
My M Listen: Marc Broussard, Home – turn up the volume and take a minute and enjoy this one. I dare you not to tap something…