Two Words: Malaprop & Phonesia


In our list of two words each week we often have words that are malaprops.  A malaprop is the mistaken use of a word in place of the correct word because of similarities in pronunciation or sound.  Often these mistakes come with surprising or comical results.  Pronounced mal-a-prop, a noun.  There are also associated words of malapropism and malapropist,

“Jack took dance lessons and became a very good flamingo dancer.”  (Flamenco)

“Sally is headstrong like an allegory” (Alligator)

“Pollen can be really hard on your sciences.” (Sinuses)

“Texas and New York have a lot of electrical votes.” (Electoral)

“I have no delusions about the past.” (Allusions)

“Having just one wife is called monotony.” (Monogamy)

“As Joan got older, she had a problem with very close veins.” (Varicose)

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Phonesia is not a word, and some might use it when they mean Polynesia or Phoenicia.  It is a good example of a malaprop. 

“Although rare, people were sacrificed in Phoenicia.”

“Phoenicians were polytheists as were Egyptians.”