Malapropism: An Overview

Malapropism: An Overview


Malapropism
‘Mal’ is
originally a French prefix which means ‘ill’ and ‘aprop’ means ‘to the purpose’.
Malapropism is the wrong use of similar sounding word that results in a
nonsensical and humorous expression
Mrs.
Malaprop is  a character in Richard
Brinsley Sheridan’s famous play, The Rivals
She is famous for her notorious use of words or phrases which gives her
a special status representing a new form of entertaining verbal felicity. The oddity
of Mrs. Malaprop’s language is popularly known as Malapropism which has become
a subject of discussion in English philology
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What
Mrs. Malaprop says
What
Mrs. Malaprop wants to mean
Allegory
Alligator
Envoy
Convoy
Dissolve
Resolve
Felicity
Velocity
Illuminate
Elucidate
Analysed
Paralysed

Common
Example:
Malapropism is a common
phenomenon in our daily life.
1) You lead the way and we’ll precede.
(proceed)
Malapropism: An Overview


2) Having one wife is called monotony. (monogamy)


3) Good punctuation means not to be late. (punctuality)

Literary
Example:

William Shakespeare uses malapropism in his plays
as well. Look at the following example of malapropism uttered by Constable
Dogberry
in Act III Scene 5 of “Much Ado About Nothing”:
“Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended
two auspicious persons.”
Here the use of ‘comprehended’ for ‘apprehended’
and ‘auspicious’ for ‘suspicious.’
Malapropism is
the direct influence of the Latin and Greek words after Renaissance. The half educated
people were tempted to use such way which laid to ridiculous mistakes.
The effect
of Malapropism as Sheridan employed is to raise the feeling of ludicrousness. It
also acts the farcical element in rhetoric. Although it is considered an error
in speech, malapropism is a great source of humour in both everyday life as
well as literature.

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