Nigerian malaproppery

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 29 16:42:32 UTC 2004

At 9:31 AM -0700 8/29/04, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>On Aug 28, 2004, at 6:22 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>Mark Mandel writes:
>>>Usually it takes me considerably less than a second to recognize a
>>>scam spam letter and delete it, assuming I have not already deleted
>>>it from
>>>the subject line index. But a word in the first paragraph of this one
>>>my attention and I thought it was worth sharing with the rest of you
>>Well, epigrammatic in that the illness was brief (if not downright
>>>... He died after an epigrammatic illness that lasted for
>>>only four days...
>as so often happens, a malaprop has induced the tip-of-the-tongue state
>in me.  help!  what was the writer aiming at with "epigrammatic"?
>"epidemic"?  "dramatic"?  what?
I'm guessing "epidemic".


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