12 July, 2009

Malapropisms I

What's inspired this post is one of the funniest malapropisms I've heard in a long time.

We were at our local footy club's annual ball and the fellow who runs the junior section was making a speech. He's a great bloke, does a terrific job heading up the club's under-age section and is well-liked by all. But he's a bit of a mangler of the English language. To give you an example: "...and so without any further to do..." is a common phrase in his speeches.

Last night he was praising the verve and enthusiasm of one of the junior coaches and the word he meant to use to describe this bloke's vigor was gusto. What came out was "gutso". And what made it funny for me was that it kind of fitted in with footy-speak as there's often a lot of talk about guts.

Do you have any favourites of your own?

11 comments:

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

my friend's sister-in-law, age about 70, is a constant source of merriment.
she calls the nuke-r
'the microgroove'
has advokaado for lunch,
and feels sorry for those
poor glutton-intolerant people.

Kath & Kim, of course, work this seam to dizziness, and my friend who knows 'Kim' has contributed some of S-I-L's to the scripts.

Lad Litter said...

Hahaha, Kath & Kim were recipients of Mrs Malaprop's legacy.

Tony.T said...

Here's a beauty: Steve Johnson.

And three usual suspects.

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

thanks Tony - albeit not auguring well for The Lad's blogpost,
I capitulate to your fabulous links, and these Capt. Blood gems -

"a rather difficult goal kicked very easily".

"Diamond Creek was a long way away once."

"Mark Lee's long arms reaching up like giant testicles."

"Flanagan's trying to use some pace that he hasn't got."

"They should have kicked 12 goals in that third quarter because they were right on top and hardly doing a thing right."

"The goal posts are moving so fast I can't keep up with the play."

And once, on the long-running Sunday television show World Of Sport, Dyer declared that Fitzroy had "copulated to the opposition".

World Of Sport was my Sunday morning worship. Ron Casey, Uncle Doug Elliott, and Lou Richards presenting Ron Barrassi with some Jiffy Firelighters after his office furniture business had a bit of a nocturnal stocktake. what a show.

Lad Litter said...
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Lad Litter said...

Hahahahaha! Don't you just hate it when the comments are a shitload funnier than your original post?
;-) Thanks you two!

Bwca Brownie said...

and the one we should all have thought of first:

"Oh, you mean the ones with those disraeli gears?" (i.e., derailleur gears) - Cream roadie Mick Turner, during a conversation between Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker about racing bicycles

the online wiki for malapropisms lists all the old familiar thrillers - the misuse of prostate for prostRate being the most used; KathnKim get a guernsey, as does Jack Capt Blood Dyer.

Ann oDyne said...

Fenz has left a new comment on the post "Blowers":

I've grown up listening to the cricket on the radio, possibly brainwashed by it!
Often the little side stories and cake deliveries are more exciting than the cricket itself.
Another amusing commentator is Kerry O'Keefe, you either love him or hate him and his wheezing manic laugh!! Reds Pereira is good, always has interesting things to add.
"I've never got to the bottom of streaking." - Aggers!

Lad Litter said...

BWCA:
Haha - I'd forgotten about Disraeli Gears - great way to get an album title.

AOD:
O'Keefe once described a delivery as a "Rock Hudson ball" - looked straight but turned out not to be!

Kath Lockett said...

My brother is a fantastic source :

I was nipped in the butt
Like a fool in a china shop
The spare of the moment
Six of one, a dozen of the other

.....and I kid you not: You don't shag a gifthorse in the mouth.

Lad Litter said...

KL:
He's a gem, your brother. I remember someone riposting to me with "A-ha, the foot's on the other hand now, isn't it?!"