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A malapropism, the mistaken use of one word for another, is relatively frequent among non-native speakers. However, it originally referred a native speaker, Mrs Malaprop, a character in a 1775 play by Sheridan who frequently made inappropriate statements like "My affluence over my niece is very small" (for "influence").[1]


  1. Oxford Dictionaries, "malapropism". Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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