Date: 03/08/2021
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Celebrity malapropisms

The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that more makers of malapropisms make mondegreens than makers of mondegreens make malapropisms. Malapropistes would write things incorrectly as well as say them, whereas mondegreeners would not read things incorrectly. I think Lady Mondegreen is more intelligent and more of a femme fatale than Mrs Malaprop, but I wouldn’t go to the barracudas over this.


Here is my article, Malaplomb, which plummets the deaths of this subject. I also stumbled across some celebrity malapropisms here: 

  • Your ambition - is that right - is to abseil across the English channel?"
       Cilla Black
  • "It is beyond my apprehension."
       Danny Ozark, baseball team manager
  • "Listen to the blabbing brook."
       Norm Crosby
  • "This is unparalyzed in the state's history."
       Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House
  • "She's really tough; she's remorseful."
       David Moorcroft
  • "And then he [Mike Tyson] will have only channel vision."
       Frank Bruno, boxer
  • "Cardial - as in cardial arrest."
       Eve Pollard
  • "Marie Scott... has really plummeted to the top."
       Alan Weeks
  • "He's going up and down like a metronome."
       Ron Pickering
  • "He's on 90... 10 away from that mythical figure."
       Trevor Bailey, cricket commentator
  • "Unless somebody can pull a miracle out of the fire, Somerset are cruising into the semi-final."
       Fred Trueman
  • "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."
       George W. Bush
"The police are not here to create disorder, they're here to preserve disorder."
   Richard Daley, former Chicago mayor

I wonder what would happen if Mrs. Malaprop got together with Rev. Spooner.