by Jo Robertson
A malapropism is a word that is used incorrectly in place of another similar sounding word. In fact, the word comes from Richard Sheridan’s Eighteenth Century play The Rivals, in which Mrs. Malaprop constantly misuses words with a comic effect.
My daughters have a game they play where they try to make up malapropisms in their everyday conversation. The trick is to slip the word into the discussion as if you weren’t aware of the error and wait for someone to catch it. You get a point for inventing the malapropism and two points if no one catches it.
Now you have to understand that my youngest daughter Megan often uses malapropisms accidentally, but we never know which ones are intended and which ones aren't.
For example, she is talking to a neighbor who reveals that her husband enjoys playing guitar and keyboards. “Oh,” Megan cries, “my husband’s a magician too.” A little brain fart there. Of course, she meant musician.
Another example: At a party Megan joins a group of other women clustered around the couch. “Are we all conjugating here?” she asks. Uh, congregating?
So, wanna play the Malapropism Game? I’m giving away a fifteen-dollar Target gift certificate to the commenter who wins the award as the Malapropism Maven, the one who comes up with the most clever malapropism. You have to create a sentence using the word in context like the two examples I've given above. Ready, set, go!
My husband will be the judge and YES, Banditas can play! Have at it!