Malaproprisms

Malaproprisms

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:02 pm

An amusing quiz.

Are you guilty of getting these words and common phrases wrong?

If you don't cringe when you hear someone say "a diamond dozen", then this quiz is for you.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-06/a ... ng/9111628
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby lasaxman » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:27 am

Well, I got 9 of 10 correct, but I'm embarrassed that I didn't do better.

However, I am going to disagree with their definition of "moot point". I don't think it means debatable.

But, if somebody would like to debate the point, have at it! ;)
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:59 pm

David,

moot
Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty.


https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/moot

Origin
Old English mōt ‘assembly or meeting’ and mōtian ‘to converse’, of Germanic origin; related to meet. The adjective (originally an attributive noun use: see moot court) dates from the mid 16th century; the current verb sense dates from the mid 17th century.
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby Val Garcia » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:04 pm

I always thought a moot point was when debating no longer made any sense as it was no longer relevant. Or something like that. I'll have to take the quiz.
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby lasaxman » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:06 pm

OK, I am apparently wrong. I am more familiar with the 2nd and 3rd definitions:

2. of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic:
In practical terms, the issue of her application is moot because the deadline has passed.
3. Chiefly Law. not actual; theoretical; hypothetical.
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby Val Garcia » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:11 pm

I got one wrong-but not the one Americans use differently
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby lasaxman » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:17 am

Val Garcia wrote:I got one wrong-but not the one Americans use differently

I got bear/bare wrong, mainly because I was thinking of Yogi Bear (the animal)
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby Val Garcia » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:49 am

Whereas I thought of Smokey. I'm lying.
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby seamas o dalaigh » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:13 pm

Val,

Which of the 10 do Americans use differently?

BTW, that Australian spider in question 9 is one of the deadliest in the world. (Couldn't resist telling you that.)
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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby inthegobi » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:03 pm

James, I think all are used as in American English - although I don't recognize all of the *mistakes*.

A famous American misheard phrase is Neil Armstrong's words as he stepped onto the Moon. His actual words were 'That's one, small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind.' Many quote it as 'one, small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind', which is nonsensically repetitive. It is easy, I guess, for the ear to lose the uh-sound between for and man I recall a news article that Armstrong was always a little steamed that people thought he would make such a mistake.

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Re: Malaproprisms

Postby inthegobi » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:11 pm

And that's *malapropism*. If only you had titled the thread 'malapriapisms'! (Maybe the inability to stop oneself from humorously mispronouncing or misspelling words)

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