[PW] Who first thought that reticence meant reluctant

Beers, Carol Carol.Beers at tularecountylibrary.org
Sat Mar 26 03:06:52 PDT 2022


The show Mrs Bucket appeared on was Keeping Appearances.


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Get Outlook for Android<https://aka.ms/AAb9ysg>
________________________________
From: Project-wombat <project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org> on behalf of Ann Sharp <axsc at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2022 2:08:11 AM
To: project-wombat at lists.project-wombat.org <project-wombat at lists.project-wombat.org>
Subject: [PW] Who first thought that reticence meant reluctant

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.

Ann Sharp
axsc at sbcglobal.net


_______________________________________________
Project Wombat - Project-wombat
list at project-wombat.org
http://www.project-wombat.org/


More information about the Project-Wombat-Open mailing list