Q: List some malapropisms (the use of a word sounding somewhat like the
I hope I have (piqued/peaked) your interest.
- advertisement cited by William Safire, NY Times, November 13, 1993
And to your humors changing, I tune my (subtle/supple) song.
- Mary Higgins Clark, I'll Be Seeing You, Pocket, New York, 1993, p. 123
Can you (e/i)nsure that all is well?
... for all (intensive/intents and) purposes.
- Observed in Usenet rec.puzzles article, 2/21/94
He walked up to the (bespectacled/bespeckled) bank teller.
Home is where the heart(h) is.
I think you are taking the right tac(k/t).
It's coming down the pi(p/k)e.
I will ski(m)p over the specifics.
- Solomon Feferman, American Mathematical Monthly, February 1999, p. 100
I've been ra(c)king my brain the whole time.
- Patricia D. Cornwell, All That Remains, Avon, New York, 1993, p. 231
Listen to the (blabbing/babbling) brook.
...men who were unaware of the Illuminati stronghold/stranglehold on the Masons.
- Dan Brown, Angels & Demons, Pocket, New York, 2000, p. 39
Music has charms to soothe the savage b(r)east.
She gave him a (venomous/venenose) stare.
She was (ravished/ravaged) by his gaze.
That contraption looks j(er/u)ry-rigged. [probably from jerry-built?
That is a tough (row/road) to hoe.
That will put a cr(a/i)mp in my style.
The astronaut was hur(t)led into space.
The car caree(n/r)s down the road.
The horse is ch(a/o)mping on the bit.
The organizer tried to (b)ring us in.
The raft tipped and du(c/n)ked us all.
The storm is wre(a/c)king havoc.
The sun pe(a/c)ked out from behind clouds.
- Patricia D. Cornwell, All That Remains, Avon, New York, 1993, p. 36
They felt the (temblor/trembler) shake the building.
... they tended to (parse/parcel) it out over long vacations.
- Kim Masters, The Keys to the Kingdom, Morrow, New York, 2000, p. 280
We all must w(e/i)nd our way through life.
We must inst(a/i)ll some discipline.
We should try to ho(m/n)e in on the real issue.