Having got very engrossed in literary terms for yesterday's post, I wanted to include another one today. And the term of the day is:
Malapropism: an act or habit of misusing words
ridiculously, especially by confusing words that are similar in sound.
Now what I really like about this is it that when I read it, it brought back a memory of something my nan said to me when I was a little girl when she indulged in a malapropism without even realising it, and I was too young to recognise it so went off to the shop to get baking ingredients none the wiser.
Once there I searched the shop high and low for decimated coconut and had no idea why the woman in the shop laughed so heartily at me when I asked for it. Thanks Nan for your unintended malapropism, it lives on.