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Malapropisms

Jessica Walter, Writer

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Malapropisms: The act of mistakenly using a word in place of a similar sounding one, such as expresso and espresso (espresso being the real word).    I don’t know about you, but I, like many other people, sometimes mix up words.  It’s intriguing to me that we mess up these commonly-used words,  and we are not usually corrected.  I don’t know if it’s because people are too afraid to say something in fear of embarrassing the other person, or if they also don’t know the real word themselves.  Consider the following conversation:

Person 1: Did you hear about the new coffee shop in town?

Person 2: Yeah. I heard they supposably have the best expressos!

Person 1: Really?  My aunt was there last week and said it wasn’t that great.

Person 2: I could care less what you’re aunt thinks; let’s try it out for ourselves!

Person 1: Okay, we can do that.  Do you want go on Thursday?

Person 2: Okay.  Pacifically what time though?

Person 1: How about 12 o’clock?

Person 2: Perfect.  See you then!

 

So let’s talk about some of the commonly-used malapropisms. I often hear people using supposedly (that’s right– it’s supposedly, not supposably or supposively) incorrectly.    And what about the phrase, “I could care less.”  No.  No.  No.  The phrase is, “I couldN’T (could not) care less.”  These are just a few of the malapropisms we use.  Most times I hear people say these words or phrase and immediately think, “That is NOT right.”  It honestly drives me crazy!

I do not want to be the person who is constantly walking around correcting people’s grammar; however, a friend would much rather be corrected by a friend than making that same mistake in a job interview!  Wouldn’t you tell a friend she had broccoli in her teeth?  Then, correct her malapropisms, too.

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