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Can you pick the words which would complete these sensible or plausible malapropisms*?
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*Malapropisms: The usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase, especially of words that are similar in sound. The words may be real or fictitious.
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“Although you put credence in legends of ancient magical beasts, when it comes to proving their existence I think you tend to ___ the point.”
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...Then the talented farmer decided to sleep in for the day. One could conclude that he is not always ___
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“The meeting of the Antecedent Society is hereby called to order. Let us commence with the ___.”
I don't contribute canned goods to charity. I just shuffle them around in the pantry for purely ___ reasons.
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The ancient Greek author had so many minor character flaws, that they were collectively refered to as Aesop's ___.
The two kings bowed to each other ever-so-slightly; the ___ between the two was barely noticeable.
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Aug 16th, 2012 at 03:02 GMT
This was so much fun. I'd love to see another!
Aug 16th, 2012 at 03:16 GMT
This quiz reminded me of our good friend the Alot: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html
Aug 16th, 2012 at 12:00 GMT
Could you add another minute?
Aug 16th, 2012 at 14:10 GMT
Nicely done, napb. I needed every minute.
Aug 16th, 2012 at 17:24 GMT
Thanks, and thanks Hejman for the EP. I'll keep an eye on the results regarding the timer.
Aug 16th, 2012 at 22:37 GMT
Super quiz, napb. My nanny thought it was great too and she doesn't usually like Marypoppins.
Aug 17th, 2012 at 09:26 GMT
The Caribbean - any similiarities to India are purely occidental.
Aug 18th, 2012 at 20:08 GMT
I don't think this is the sort of quiz where time should be an issue. It was a clever quiz, and I just wanted to take my time to go through them all.
Aug 18th, 2012 at 20:31 GMT
@Jonny_Segment (and also, belatedly, to Geo1 above): Thank you, and I added time. I'm the same way as you (regarding timers) when I play games; yet there are hundreds of voices crying out in games throughout Sporcledom "too much time". Personally, I'd be happy without one for this game.
Aug 19th, 2012 at 21:00 GMT
Fun quiz, but a handful of them aren't truly malapropisms (disoriented, exhilaration, outstanding). They're just puns. (A few of the others are only puns as well, but it can be argued that the intended word should be different. For these 3, there's no misuse of language at all.)
Aug 20th, 2012 at 00:32 GMT
@marpocky: Thanks; and I think "EXACTLY" what is a malaprop, could be argued endlessly. However, per the definition (taken from Websters) in the game notes above, each of them is a misuse, or distortion of a word or phrase... "Disoriented" is a malaprop in the sense that it is being used to mean "not facing east", hence dis-oriented (but the word "disoriented" does NOT mean that, so I have distorted it). "Exhilaration" is a malaprop for Acceleration. "Outstanding" is a malaprop for "Out, standing".
The whole point of the game is that malaprops can actually make sense when they are heard or written in certain contexts, where only ONE of the two "meanings" was intended by (or in the awareness of) a speaker or writer.
Aug 20th, 2012 at 22:38 GMT
OK, I didn't fully get the exhilaration/acceleration one before, but for the other two my point is that they also make perfectly coherent sentences that also fit the context of the situation, which to me, doesn't pass the "sniff test" for a malapropism. Sure, it may not be the way the word was intended, but it still "works."
Aug 21st, 2012 at 02:18 GMT
^ Fair enough. From the point of view of "how they were intended" they are malaprops. On their own, they aren't. I respect your viewpoint too. - napb
Aug 21st, 2012 at 21:38 GMT
Awesome quiz. Very cleverly done!
Aug 21st, 2012 at 22:54 GMT
^ Thanksku! (if I may malappropriately say that...) ;)
Game published: Jan 30th, 2013 at 17:00 GMT
Jan 30th, 2013 at 17:49 GMT
I love the occidental/oriental word plays! Very clever.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 18:26 GMT
lol @ extracentury
Jan 30th, 2013 at 18:43 GMT
"Myth" doesn't really work since the expression is "old maid." Ole Miss is the nickname for the University of Mississippi.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 19:07 GMT
@LisaSimpsonOH: Thanks, I've changed the entire clue. I appreciate your wanting to improve the quiz.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 19:18 GMT
Much better, needa. My favorite is the pi pun. I love a good pi pun. Mmmm, pi...
Jan 30th, 2013 at 19:30 GMT
It looks like two cats are having a chat in the comments section. ^
Jan 30th, 2013 at 19:33 GMT
Thanks, L-S-OH, I appreciate that you took the time to check back, that was/is very kind of you. I'm trying to slice a pi in half, and the more I search for the middle, the further I get from the point, but I digress...
Jan 30th, 2013 at 19:48 GMT
This is the most glorious quiz I've seen in a while.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 20:30 GMT
Great quiz. Thanks for the challenge!
Jan 30th, 2013 at 20:58 GMT
Thanks folks. It's nice to see all the little critter icons chiming in.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 21:43 GMT
Many of these are better described as simple puns rather than malapropisms. In order for it to be a malapropism, it really should be the wrong word out of context. Something that sounds exactly the same (like "pi"/"pie" or "dissent"/"descent") or something that makes sense in context ("fire distinguisher," "occidentally" or "toadal") really isn't a malapropism. Consider this example (from Much Ado About Nothing): "Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons" Both comprehended and auspicious are real words (unlike, say "burgerlar") that, while they sound similar to the intended word, don't have any meaning in context. If there's some sort of double meaning going on, it's really more of a pun.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 21:54 GMT
Ok everyone should change their profile pic to a cat. Preferably a cat that looks like he's interested in discussing Sporcle.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 22:16 GMT
In response to SpeedyJohn, I’ll qualify the construction of the quiz. It boils down to the original intent of the speaker or writer. The quiz was intended to use phrases which
be considered malapropisms from a
perspective. Given the ambiguous nature of malapropisms, from another perspective they are simultaneously, or merely, puns. A malapropism, per Websters, is the “unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase”, hence:
If the writer
to write “pie” and “slipped up by accidentally writing “pi” it is a written malapropism.
If he was
intending to comment on the fact the climbers were descending, and the use of the word “dissent” was unintentional, from that perspective it
of this quiz was to use interpretations that can be considered to be malapropisms, and show that ironically they can make sense when viewed alternatively ( or with a focus on an a different aspect of the situation). So the reader or listener could, in essence reply “hey, you slipped up, but that still made sense”.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 22:33 GMT
Ok I can accept that. Upon rereading my comment it seems unnecessarily nitpick-y. I'll leave the comment for posterity, but I retract the sentiment.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 22:58 GMT
Though I ultimately completed the quiz, I started very slowly. This could have easily been a cat's after me, but it turned out to be a lot of pun.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 23:02 GMT
@SpeedyJohn: No worries! You weren't "wrong" to post that and from your perspective, it actually makes sense, so no harm done. I never took it as "nitpicking", just somebody trying to improve the quiz. Many times such comments inspire me to revise my instructions or game notes because the advice is spot on. And, you also gave me the opportunity to hone my skill at
, so you've actually done me a fine service. :)
Jan 31st, 2013 at 00:09 GMT
If they're proceeding to the summit, wouldn't the pun have to be on ascent? You don't normally descend to a summit. Wouldn't something like "One of the climbers insisted they turn back before reaching the summit..." make more sense?
Jan 31st, 2013 at 01:00 GMT
@genghisx: The assumption is that, since one of them
about proceeding to the summit, they instead turned around, hence the word "dissent" corresponds to his "disagreement" and the would-be word "descent" matches the fact that they are now going down instead. It was never stated that they ever headed towards the summit.
Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:03 GMT
The quiz made me remember that moment when George Lucas was asked to say "May the force be with you" by a German journalist and the interpreter translated it to "Am vierten Mai sind wir bei Ihnen" which literally means "We'll be with you on May the fourth". Epic fail!
Jan 31st, 2013 at 03:14 GMT
Very clever - much fun!
Jan 31st, 2013 at 05:18 GMT
thanks, very witty!
Jan 31st, 2013 at 13:26 GMT
Jan 31st, 2013 at 15:04 GMT
These puns are so bad... but at the same time they are somehow awesome.
Jan 31st, 2013 at 16:04 GMT
Loads of fun. One of the best I've played in awhile.
Feb 1st, 2013 at 02:27 GMT
I loved the one about the bowing, very clever.
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