posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 08:50 AM
Hey, you started it.
Malapropisms, that I found today on ATS
(For those who don't know, a malapropism is mistaking the meaning of a word, or using a similar but incorrect word, without knowing the
1. "I depreciate the above poster's sentiment . . ."
(Yeah, you also depreciate your own value as a conversationalist!)
2. "instrumenting" for 'implementing'
Now everybody makes mistakes, and ATS/BTS doesn't come with spell checks. Yet I take particular pride in clear and even cogent posts. I check them
at least twice before actually posting. Even so, errors slip into the text. And so we must be forgiving. But a sloppily-worded post automatically
prejudices the audience.
Now, neologisms are in another category. Even though they are technically incorrect, they are also a form of found art. Here's a few of MY
1. "I don't want to be misunderestimated." George W. Bush. Love that!
2. "Insinuendo" - Heard by me, issuing from a schizophrenic at the Austin State Hospital, late 1980's.
3. "Parafanity" My own neologism; the use of punctuation to imply frofanity. K!$$ my Gr!+$, M3LL!
4. "Econohell" SubGenius term for economic collapse coupled with thermonuclear war; often used to describe the Christian apocalypse in secular
collect 'em and trade them with your friends.