Mrs Malaprop was a theatrical character who always got her worms in a twist – true malaprops improve on the original. Humpty Dumpty told Alice (when she went through the looking-glass) that a portmanteau was two meanings packed up in one word.
MALAPROPS AND TYPOS
Wasn’t he seen with the jambon jaune? @Kaltenjay (The French protesters are gilets jaunes.)
Mildred Rogers is a morally loose and basically wicked farrago. (Imdb on Of Human Bondage, virago)
She thought I was bonkers for bringing the nit comb home from the beach but strange forces compulsed me to. (FB)
It’s lovely – all that hysteria growing up the walls. (Michael Caine’s mother admires the wistaria in Hollywood)
I’m a social piranha! (for pariah)
Panting professionally for over 15 years, the artist... (typo)
An interesting medieval item with a kartush of a face on it. (cartouche)
internicene strife (Nicene, internecine)
The shirt scraps pile is depleating! (Fabrications)
Thyrsdu (Thursday – great typo.)
flopsam and jepson (flotsam and jetsam)
acousmatic (pretentious press release)
The Germans spell cliché Klischee.
And for dessert, lemon posit. (posset)
@AdamRutherford: I forget who suggested this, but extended mansplaining can be referred to as willibustering.
@GaryNunn1: Apparently those opposing renewable energy policy are being called ‘Coalsheviks’. #auspol
That’s the dimocracy for you.
conspirationism (conspiracy and creationism)
luminal (luminous and liminal)
fancasting (ideal casting for your favourite stories)
cottontot (cotton king)
journicle (journal article)
forbearer of the TED talk (forebear crossed with forerunner)
carpool tunnel syndrome
punditocracy (They’re always opining.)
life-min (life admin)
authentocratic (of Lord Sugar)
mothageddon (Caroline Criado Perez)
More here, and links to the rest.