classical malapropism / mishearing

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 20 14:30:37 UTC 2009

Sounds like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004, Jim Carrey,
Kate Winslet). "A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from
their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only
through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin

m a m

On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 9:19 AM, Arnold Zwicky<zwicky at> wrote:
> from Michael Quinion's World Wide Words #648 Â 7/18/09:
> Â  On 13 July, Kenneth Huey found this sentence in the Huffington Post
> in a piece on steroids in sport: "Knowing his erasable personality, Ty
> would most likely be a perfect example of 'roid-rage'." Having your
> personality erased would surely make anybody angry.
> as far as i can see, the irascible/erasable relationship is entirely
> phonological, so this is either a classical malapropism or a
> mishearing (or has contributions from each).

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