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The unintentional replacement of a word with another word of similar sound, especially when the effect of the error is humorous, as in the phrase expletive delighted instead of expletive deleted. Compare catachresis (a more general term). [Named after Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play, The Rivals (1775), from French mal à propos out of place or inappropriate]

Subjects: Psychology — Literature.

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