some kind of malaprop

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Mar 14 18:40:01 UTC 2007

elizabeth daingerfield zwicky sent me to

with instructions to look for "innocuous".  here's the relevant passage:

   “According to the results of our evaluation, use of a SIGG bottle
does not add to the beverage any particles and/or components which
are innocuous to human health.” – Dr. Ulrich Nehring, European
Institute Nehring

so "injurious" >> "innocuous".  i'd guess this was a classical
malapropism -- Nehring got the word he wanted, but it's the wrong one
from other people's perspective -- but it could have been a Fay/
Cutler malaprop, an inadvertent error in word retrieval.


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