Talk:Malapropisms

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I've never wikipedia'd before so I don't want to try to edit the actual article but I think in Cherry Get it saying "Your James Over" is a malaproprism.

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[edit] Merge?

Should this be merged into Deliberately Poor EnglishLoafing 11:29, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Yeah I'm leaning towards merging into Deliberately Poor English. Merge User talk:Sam the Man Sam the Man
I apologize. I was unaware of the Deliberately Poor English article. It should be merged.· · T2|Things 13:17, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
On the contrary, i think that that page is disorganized. there's a lot of types of deliberately poor english, including replaced words, removed words, misspelled words, non inverted questions, incorrect pluralizations (see Mans) etc. i think they should aqll be separated, maybe not by pages, but certainly by sections. My vote merge and re-write the other page — Defender1031*Talk 16:09, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes, that page looks like it might need a re-write. And there's absolutely no reason to apologize, Ten Ten! Loafing 20:00, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
I vote merge. I tampered with the DNA EVIDENCE! 23:05, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Merge. Deliberatly Poor English has obviously been tampered with, however. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:25, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Are they deliberate, though? Or are they just through the characters' ignorance (or bad programming)? Sure, they're deliberate by the Chaps, but that can hardly count, can it? --DorianGray 04:29, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

I vote merge on these grounds: the things on this page AREN'T malapropisms! Well, at least most of them aren't. Malapropisms are when you replace a word with something that SOUNDS like the word, but has a completely different meaning. You can look at the examples on Wikipedia, or this other source I found through Yahoo!. Allow me to give you an example of my own:
I think, therefore, I lamb.
Now, the correct phrase was "I think, therefore, I am", with "am" meaning to be, however the new phrase contained "lamb", as in the animal. They don't always have to rhyme; here's one from the play The Rivals:
He's as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile.
In this, the word "allegory" is incorrectly used. An allegory is, to my understading, something similar to a symbolic representation. The speaker of this line MEANT the word "alligator". As you can see, the two sound similar.
Therefore, I think these simply need to be placed on Deliberately Poor English (if not already), however, there needs to be NOTHING suggesting they are, in fact, malapropisms. Bluebry 16:38, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
Actually, only a few of these aren't. Note:

tenacity -> gravity (or something similar) blubbering -> blithering whim -> him neglected -> elected

Those "I'm" ones go under Deliberately Poor English. Under stairs probably could go there as well. But note that these are malapropisms. And if tenacity shouldn't go to gravity, I'd like for you to think of something better, as tenacity definitely does not fit the context.· · T2|Things 21:45, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
Actually, I've tried to rid the page if non-malapropisms. Some, I uh, well, I didn't understand. But now I do.
I'm going to remove the blubbering line, because blithering (or blathering) means "to talk foolishly at length" and blubber means "to utter while weeping". They are extremely similar, and therefore, have similar meanings. Bluebry 21:51, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
More to the point, "blubbering" is entirely appropriate in context, and as such is not a malapropism. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 13:21, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Malapropisms are a unique sort of construct, and I see no reason to not list them on their own page if they exist in sufficient number. That page should be a "see also" from "Deliberately Poor English". Keep. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 13:22, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

I must say, now that the page has been cleaned up, I like it. Keep. Bluebry 23:09, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
I always like to have my articles kept around, though if we're keeping it as is, it probably should be stubbed. We definitely need to find a few more of these.· · T2|Things 18:14, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
Now that it has some more appearances, I think this should be kept. User talk:Sam the Man Sam the Man 21:26, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Format

If this article is kept, then we need to list the correct word for each occurrence. For example, I have no idea which word should have been used instead of "Hollandaise" (yum!). Loafing 19:07, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

That would be "holiday".· · T2|Things 19:52, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
Here's my idea:
So, basically the incorrect word is in bold and the correct word is in parentheses after the sentence. Bluebry 21:37, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
That looks good. Looks like some iceberg lettuce with a little Catalina on it. Yum.· · T2|Things 21:45, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

For the "Others" category, should we mention the characters somewhere? --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:51, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Another one?

In your funeral, the email is signed "Bibendum." Strong Bad addresses him as "Addendum." Does this count? So makey outy 06:23, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

He constantly makes fun of senders' names. Not sure if we should list them here; it's a separate running gag. Loafing 10:18, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Others

  • Home lawn, escrow.
  • Strong Bad is under stairs
  • You're looking prooty hot
  • I can't remember my own lins.
  • Pantice squad cutterback.

StarFox 03:12, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

Those are not malapropisms, just irregular pronunciations or word constructs. A malapropism is a single, real word that is used incorrectly in place of another single, real word which sounds similar. — Defender1031*Talk 03:22, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
In that case, "canceltation" and "vera" shouldn't count. StarFox 01:04, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
"Vera" is a name and "canceltation" the malapropism is actually on only part of the word. — Defender1031*Talk 01:54, 22 November 2009 (UTC)
And "bankways"? StarFox 19:55, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
bank->back, ways->wards. — Defender1031*Talk 00:13, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
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