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Meaning of malapropism

mal•a•prop•ism

Pronunciation: (mal'u-prop-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.
  2. an instance of this, as in “Lead the way and we'll precede.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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