Reading the "worst typos ever" blogs has left me laughing . . . and free associating.
I'm now starting to come up with a close cousin to typos. The verbal typo.
If memory serves me right, the term is based on a character from Molière, one Mrs. Malaprop. Instead of the mot juste, an expression that was completely à propos, she did the opposite. She came out with crazy errors and slips of the tongue that in some magical way communicated the reality of what she meant. Or its opposite.
There are a few I've started to hear with enough regularity that I'm wondering if they are starting to creep into standard usage. (Perish the thought!) But they do have a certain ring to them.
Here are a few:
Mute Point (instead of "moot point")
Escape Goat (instead of "scapegoat")
. . . and my personal favorite:
Obeast (I think that's how it would be spelled.)
As in: "A year after I quit Weight Watchers, I'd become really obeast."
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