Mrs Malaprop

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In Sheridan's The Rivals, the aunt and guardian of Lydia Languish, noted for her aptitude in misapplying words; for instance ‘as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile’ or ‘He is the very pineapple of politeness.’ Her solecisms have given the word ‘malapropism’ to the language.

Subjects: Literature.

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