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malapropism

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noun
  • an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound [Webster]
  • comical confusion of a word with another, similar-sounding, word which has a quite different meaning, eg an ingenuous machine for peeling potatoes [Barron]
  • misuse of a word (for one that resembles it) [Nandigam]

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