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What are these called? And do you have one to add?

  1. May 19, 2006 #1

    berkeman

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    In a recent PF thread, a poster used a phrase that sounded like the traditional phrase, but had a word changed in a way that sort of still kept the intent of the phrase intact. I've run across a few of these in the past, and I always wondered if there was a name for them. Does anybody know? Here are the ones that I've seen, with the PF poster's listed first:

    -- "For all intensive purposes..." when they meant "For all intents and purposes..."

    -- "Not A Thorough Road" when they meant "Not A Through Road" (they had been misreading the road signs for years :rolleyes:

    -- "White Beater Shirt" when they were referring to a "Wife Beater Shirt" (slang for the white sleaveless undershirts that some men wear)

    -- "Wipe Board" when they were referring to a "White Board" (they thought the boards were named for how you erased them) :rofl:
     
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  3. May 19, 2006 #2

    Astronuc

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    Malapropisms.

    I try to avoid them.

    Norm Crosby was a well known comedian whose routines were based on malapropisms.

    from MerriamWebster online

    See also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism
     
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  4. May 19, 2006 #3

    J77

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    The campers were intense all weekend...
     
  5. May 19, 2006 #4

    berkeman

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    LOL. I'm embarrased to say how long it took me to get that one! :rolleyes:

    Hey thanks for the link, Astro. "For all intensive purposes" was even in there. :rofl:
     
  6. May 19, 2006 #5

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    From Wikipedia

    :rofl:

    :rofl:

    On the other hand, the statement as is would be applicable to the Bush administration.

    I've met a few people who might fit the definition of "social piranha. :rolleyes:
     
  7. May 19, 2006 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    I prefer self-defecating humor.
     
  8. May 19, 2006 #7

    Curious3141

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    The very famous Internet phrase : "I resemble that comment". (as opposed to "I resent that comment."):biggrin:
     
  9. May 19, 2006 #8

    George Jones

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    I find that I almost have to read a sentence aloud before a get soundplay.

    I learnt my lesson after it took me forever to understand what Hawking had in mind when he wrote "I think Roger's proposal is Weyl in more than one sense of the word." about Penrose's Weyl curvature hypothesis.

    As someone who grew up in Ontario, I not sure how to take this. :smile:

    Now, if "Ontario" is replace by ", Toronto", ... :wink:

    Regards,
    George
     
  10. May 19, 2006 #9

    Gokul43201

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    I don't get it. "while", "wily" ... ?

    Edit : Nevermind. It's 'wild' isn't it ?
     
  11. May 19, 2006 #10

    George Jones

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    Vile!

    Regards,
    George
     
  12. May 19, 2006 #11
    one of my friends only recently got the pun in the name of the beatles' record label - apple corps

    it's only when you pronounce it rather than just seeing the word that you understand a lot of these kind of things
     
  13. May 19, 2006 #12
    "I like the look of those pheasant shirts that are so popular today!":biggrin:

    "I need my baby's eyes checked for genital cataracts and stigmata"

    "The calvary is coming!"

    This was a great ideal to talk about malapropisms!

    I get so flustrated when I can't think of the right word to use.
     
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  14. May 19, 2006 #13

    Gokul43201

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    Yikes ! Would've never guessed that. Was stuck on the "w" sound.
     
  15. May 19, 2006 #14

    Chi Meson

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    I love this one (I'm trying to remember the original context):

    "I'm not exactly an engineer, per say,..."
     
  16. May 19, 2006 #15

    Danger

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    When my darts/baseball teams played out of a pub called 'The Eidelweiss Inn', I named them both 'The Weiss Squad'. :biggrin:
     
  17. May 19, 2006 #16

    brewnog

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    The world is my lobster!
     
  18. May 19, 2006 #17

    Chi Meson

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    That's a Bostonian thing to say. Except it's "lobstah."
     
  19. May 19, 2006 #18

    DaveC426913

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    My favourite of my wife's malapropisms:

    "One of the primary tenants of that religion..."
     
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    My wife just filled out her "consensus" form. :rolleyes:
     
  21. May 19, 2006 #20

    berkeman

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    Rats rats rats. I don't get it yet. Little help here folks....:uhh:
     
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