[PW] Who first thought that reticence meant reluctant
sylviamilne39 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 03:05:27 PDT 2022
Mrs Malaprop is a character in “The Rivals” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. It was first performed in 1775.
Charles II might have enjoyed it, but it is rather after his time.
From Sylvia Milne
> On 26 Mar 2022, at 09:08, Ann Sharp <axsc at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Is this different from “malapropism,” named for Mistress Malaprop, a comic character in a Restoration play, whose incorrect use of long words gave her name to the phenomenon?
> Of course, it came from “apropos,” getting it right. Who knew that the character and the name would be forgotten after a mere generation of Autocorrect? The most recent version of her is a Mrs Bucket in a British sitcom whose name I can’t recall offhand.
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