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Malapropism

“Fortuitous” doesn’t mean “fortunate”

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Malapropism is a term derived from the French mal a propos ‘not to the purpose’ and defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as “a humorous misuse of a word.”

Humorous misuses are often associated with Mrs. Malaprop, a character in The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In Modern English Usage, H. W. Fowler illustrates some of Mrs. Malaprop’s…

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John Douglas Porter

John Douglas Porter

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John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.