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What Did They Really Mean?

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What Did They Really Mean game quiz
"The word "malapropism" comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character created by the playwright Richard Sheridan. She often used fancy words that were just plain wrong. I'll give you some famous malapropisms and you guess the correct term."

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1. "He is the very pineapple of politeness!" Which is the correct term?
    Pinnacle
    Pigmy
    Pinafore
    Pygmalion


2. Wes Westrum said about a close baseball game: "Well, that was a cliff-dweller." Which word should he have used?
    Cliff-hanger
    Cave-dweller
    Clip-cutter
    Cliff-diver


3. "This is unparalysed in the state's history." What is the correct word?
    unprepared
    unparalleled
    unpopular
    unpleasant


4. "Listen to the blabbing brook." What word should Norm Crosby have used?
    Babbling
    Blubbing
    Bubbling
    Bobbling


5. Mike Smith, baseball pitcher, said about his new coat: "It got lots of installation in it." Should he have said "insulation" or "insolation"?
    Answer: (One word - insulation or insolation)


6. Mike Smith also asked for a salad with "lots of neutrons". What did he really want?
    Croutons
    Teutons
    Futons
    Zileutons


7. Who is credited with this famous malapropism? "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."
    Tony Blair
    George W. Bush
    Bill Clinton
    John Howard


8. This is an anonymous example of charting in a nursing home: "Mrs. X is exhibiting bazaar behaviour." What kind of behaviour was the nurse trying to describe?
    Bursar
    Basilar
    Bizarre
    Bezoar


9. Let's have a Canadian example. Allan Lamport, former mayor of Toronto, said: "Keep this up and we'll have a vicious triangle." What geometric figure should he have used?
    Square
    Rhombus
    Diamond
    Circle


10. And finally, another original malapropism from Mrs. Malaprop: "Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!" What four terms should she have used?
    implement, binocular, range, episodes
    instrument, crepuscular, estrangement, epicurs
    permanent, appendicular, engagement, affidavits
    apprehend, vernacular, arrangement, epithets


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