2 thoughts on “Malapropism [Noun.]

  1. Ah, Mrs. Malaprop, from Sheridan’s 1775 play, “The Rivals” – the idea for which may have been taken from the character, ‘Officer Dogberry, from Shakespeare’s earlier “Much Ado About Nothing” (from which Seinfeld may well have taken his premise).

    The award for the most modern use of Malapropism’s must surely go to the character, “‘Slip’ Mahoney,” played by the late Leo Gorcey in the 1940’s series of American black-and-white movies featuring a rag-tag group of young boys known as “The Bowery Boys.

    The late “Yogi” Berra, American Major League Baseball catcher, manager, and coach, can probably be credited with the most entirely unintentional Malapropisms of anyone, with such gems as,
    “Texas has the most electrical votes.”
    “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
    “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.” (Would that more politicians shared that view.)
    “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
    And probably his most often quoted: “It’s like deja-vu all over again!”

  2. Sorry – I just had to add a few more Yogi-isms:
    “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
    “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
    “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
    “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
    “You can observe a lot by just watching.”
    “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
    “I never said most of the things I said.”
    “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”
    “You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

    Certainly not all of these qualify as true Malapropisms, but a smile is a smile, is a smile —

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