Mrs. Malaprop's Malapropisms
Here are some of the original malapropisms from the lady herself: Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Sheridan's
play The Rivals (1775).
In case you're not sure what it is that Mrs. Malaprop is intending to say we've put the correct word(s) in
square brackets after each quotation. ; "...promise to forget this fellow - to illiterate him, I say, quite from your memory."
; "O, he will dissolve my mystery!"
; "He is the very pine-apple of politeness!"
; "I have since laid Sir Anthony's preposition before her;"
; "Oh! it gives me the hydrostatics to such a degree."
; "I hope you will represent her to the captain as an object not altogether illegible."
; "...she might reprehend the true meaning of what she is saying."
; "...she's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of Nile."
; "I am sorry to say, Sir Anthony, that my affluence over my niece is very small."
; "Why, murder's the matter! slaughter's the matter! killing's the matter! - but he can tell
you the perpendiculars."
; "Nay, no delusions to the past - Lydia is convinced;"
; "...behold, this very day, I have interceded another letter from the fellow;"
; "I thought she had persisted from corresponding with him;"
; "His physiognomy so grammatical!"
; "I am sure I have done everything in my power since I exploded the affair;"
; "I am sorry to say, she seems resolved to decline every particle that I enjoin her."
; "...if ever you betray what you are entrusted with... you forfeit my malevolence for ever..."
; "Your being Sir Anthony's son, captain, would itself be a sufficient accommodation;"
; "Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice
derangement of epitaphs!"
[apprehend, vernacular, arrangement, epithets]
George W. Bush is particularly famous for his malapropisms, and not without good reason. It is thus not
surprising to learn that malapropisms (and other similar verbal slips) are often known by the name
Bushisms in the USA. Here's a selection of George W. Bushisms:
; "Oftentimes, we live in a processed world, you know, people focus on the process and
; "The law I sign today directs new funds... to the task of collecting vital intelligence... on
weapons of mass production."
; "It will take time to restore chaos and order."
; "They have miscalculated me as a leader."
; "Natural gas is hemispheric... because it is a product that we can find in our
; "I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors
; "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
; "We are making steadfast progress."