Character Interpretation

Malapropisms

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A malapropism is an error that occurs when someone uses the wrong word because it sounds almost exactly like another word. Although the words sound similar, the meanings are usually completely different, creating a ridiculous effect.

In this next section of the play, you will meet Dogberry. Much of his humor is derived from malapropisms. In fact, sometimes malapropisms are also called Dogberryisms , since this character is so famous for them.

Read the list of malapropism examples. Have you ever made this kind of mistake yourself? Have you heard someone else make it?