acyrology
Definition - Incorrect use of words, especially the use of malapropisms, i.e. accidently chosen incorrect words that sound like the desired word.

Notes:
1. When you try to be funny by purposely using incorrect words, it is called paronomasia; when you do it accidently, it is acyrology.

Example -
Mr. Chairman, I second that emotion.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Greek akyrologos, incorrect in speech (from a, not + kyros, authority + logos, speech)

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1656:
"Acyrology, improper speech, or a speaking improperly."
(Blount, Glossographia )



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