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Q&A: What is a “malaphor”?

A malaphor is an idiom blend: an error in which two similar figures of speech are merged, producing an often nonsensical result. Malaphor comes from the blending of the words malapropism and‎ metaphor. It was coined by Lawrence Harrison in an August 6, 1976 Washington Post opinion piece titled “Searching for Malaphors”. Malaphors are also known as Dundrearyisms, named… Read More »