Malapropism Tuesday

A malapropism is the substitution of a word that sounds like the correct word, but renders the phrase meaningless and often creates a humorous, pedantic effect. Clearly the person using the phrase is trying to sound smart, and in the process, sounds like a doofus. Hopefully you won’t get caught using this one:

“President Obama has had a milktoast response to every issue he’s faced.” – from the blog, 5/19

The writer means a timid response, obviously, but he’s got the wrong word.

The word is milquetoast, from the character Casper Milquetoast, a timid character in H. T. Webber’s comic strip The Timid Soul (late 1930s).

Milk-toast is buttered toast served in hot milk with sugar. Nice metaphor, but clearly the writer doesn’t understand the term he’s grasping for.

Red Planet, Blue Planet – Chapter 8

It’s here.

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Neptune

Red Planet, Blue Planet – Chapter 7

It’s up.

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Mars

Red Planet, Blue Planet – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 is finished; late, I admit.

I’m thinking it’s difficult to read a chapter a week, for someone who’s never seen the manuscript. I’m thinking it would interrupt the normal flow of reading a novel to have it broken down this much. I welcome comments on that score, of course.

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Mars

Malapropism Tuesday

A malapropism is the substitution of a word that sounds like the correct word, but renders the phrase meaningless and often creates a humorous, pedantic effect. Clearly the person using the phrase is trying to sound smart, and in the process, sounds like a doofus. Hopefully you won’t get caught using this one:

After reflecting on the situation, he decided it was a blessing in the skies.

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A blessing in the skies

He means a blessing in disguise, the idea that we can choose to see the glass half-full instead of seeing it half-empty, when something negative happens in our lives.

Have a great week!

Red Planet, Blue Planet

Chapter 5 is ready.

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Mars

Red Planet, Blue Planet

Chapter 4 is ready.

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Mars

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