Nigerian malaproppery

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 29 17:01:49 UTC 2004

>>>>... 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 suspect maybe "brief".
>Maybe "brief" has been replaced with the sometimes-synonymous
>"epigrammatic" through crude automated translation or unskillful use of a
Waitaminute.  I think I have a report in my epigrammaticcase dealing
with just this issue.  I just wish my epigrammatics weren't so tight.


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