No matter how knowledgeable we are when it comes to the English language, any one of us are bound to commit a malapropism at some point in our life. It is an easy mistake considering the many confusing issues surrounding the English language.
Inconsistent spelling rules, letters that do or don't make a sound, words that sound the same but are spelled differently, and vice-versa. It is easy to get mixed up and commit malapropism.
This funny sounding word, malaprop, is a noun, and means - the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo ” (instead of flamenco ).
I blame the Angle-Saxes (Anglo-Saxons)for not getting together for peer reviews when they were creating our lovely written language. They should have sat down around ye ole tree stump and agreed. or battled to the death, for (concurrent. congruent) to concur with spellings. meanings, and uses of their new English words for the sake, sanity and unnecessary sufferage (suffering) of their decedent's (descendants).
I can only conceive their lack of conscientious language building was due to not believing the race would survive the Dark Ages. And in a sense, they did not. As with all empires - the eventual fall or forced evolution, or revolution, is inevitable. Despite all, they left behind their great legacy of language confusion. LOL (Lot's of love). Ha!
I had some great fun with my manuscript, Billy the Grim, recently when using two different terms with words that sounded the same. (Ego,) Ergo, kept spelling them incorrectly. The phrases were 'chalk it up' and 'chock-full'. Oh, the variations my mixed up mind concocted!
Chock it up.
Chaw it up.
Choke it up ....etc.
I dont even know where 'chaulk' came from. Ridiculous. And yes, I Googled around, but because I thought the chalk and chock were the same - I would Google for one and changed them both.... duhhh.
Here are a few other examples of potential malapropisms you may encounter, though I dare say, the possibilities are extensive.
Tenet vs. Tenant
Prosperous vs. Preposterous
Monotonous vs. Monogamous
Erratic vs. Erotic
Jive vs. Jibe
Sixteenth vs. Sistine
Pinnacle vs. Pinochle
The list goes on. But never fear, finding out you have committed a malapropism is an opportunity to curse your ancestors for being warriors instead of clear communicators - and to learn something, too.