A malapropism is a word out of its proper context or place. Charles Dickens invented Mrs. Malaprop, a woman with a genius for the wrong words in the right places. A malapropism is often uttered unconsciously, but rarely escapes the attention of the readers or listeners.
Examples of Malapropism:
|Is that a mule on your skin?
My friend drives a newt.|
I am the sole perpetrator of this business.
This art exhumes warmth and passion. (True malapropism, from a gallery review.)
Do you have any Venetian blands?
I think they have an ulterior motif.
They were all honking their horns incestuously all night.