Malapropisms That Get On My Nerves

Malapropism – the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

There are a bunch of words and phrases that are butchered by so many people that I finally got tired of it and made a list of them. Not that anyone really reads this anyway, but this is my effort to save the English language. And if anyone that’s stumbled on here has their own, please let me know, and I’ll add it.

“Duck tape”
What it really is: “Duct tape
This one never made sense to me. Is this commonly used on water fowl? Or does the sound of peeling the tape off of the roll sound like a quack? *I also know that this is really an eggcorn and not a malapropism, but I didn’t want to make a page for eggcorns too.

“For all intensive purposes”
What it really is: “For all intents and purposes
It’s not talking about really focused and concentrated purposes. I’ve also seen someone misspell “purposes” as “porpoises.” …Concentrated marine life? *headdesk*


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