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A malaprop could be described as saying the wrong thing at just the right time. Malapropism is the act of using an incorrect word in place of one that is similar in pronunciation. The word malaprop (or malapropism) comes via Mrs. Malaprop, a character in the Richard Brinsley Sheridan comedy "The Rivals" (1775). Mrs. Malaprop habitually misused words. Ultimately the word came from the French mal à propos, meaning "inappropriate." Malapropism is also referred to as Dogberryism, named after Officer Dogberry in Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing" (1599). Mrs. Malaprop and Officer Dogberry made the same kind of speech error. Here's an example from each character.

Mrs. Malaprop said, "Illiterate him quite from your memory." (obliterate)

Officer Dogberry said, "Our watch, sir, have indeed comprehended two auspicious persons" (apprehended)

Children very often make this kind of error because of their limited frame of reference. Children have been overheard talking about songs they sang at "vocation Bible school" (vacation), songs such as "Gladly, the Cross-eyed Bear" (cross I'll bear) and "Lead on, O Kinky Turtle." (O King Eternal)

Here are some malaprops, along with the appropriate word/s.

He's a wolf in cheap clothing. (sheep's)

It was a case of love at Versailles. (first sight)

He's got one of those sight-seeing dogs. (seeing-eye)

In Algiers, they spend most of their time at the cash bar. (casbah)

A fool and his money are some party. (soon parted) As you will see in the comments to this post, I accidentally did my own malaprop by originally saying that the correct wording was "soon partying." 🙂

For all intensive purposes he skipped the meeting. (for all intents and purposes)

All's fear in love and war. (fair)

To each his zone. (own)

Agreed, no more negotiating — it's a dumb deal. (done)

It's a long road to hold. (row to hoe)
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The Good Old Days of Yesteryear

A week ago a long-time reader and friend sent me an e-mail that had some great pictures I knew I would want to share with you. We talk about "the good old days" with great fondness, and yet as good as some of those old days were, it's nice to have them in the past. Today's post will elicit some smiles, groans, and surprise as you see how things were in "the good old days." I cannot vouch for the historical accuracy of what I'm posting. It's all based on that e-mail I received.

I'm not a fan of some of men's hairstyles today — super short on the sides and back and super long on top. Why can't guys today have great haircuts as they did in my childhood in the 1950's?!

Popular Haircuts 1950s

In the early 1960's Jackie Kennedy was someone many women wanted to emulate. Here are some women with the "Jackie look" in 1961.
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Recently our daughter Nora posted a picture on Facebook of something that Della had done with her toys.

Della Organizes

Nora commented that instead of playing with her little ponies, Della had organized them. I replied that for some of us organizing is playing. 🙂

Then this past weekend Becka and I visited a long-time friend Cathy who had been Becka's roommate in college. Cathy and I chuckled about the picture Nora had posted and also about our own perfectionistic tendencies to be organized. And so I decided to do a blog post about OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). If you're wondering about my title, I jokingly call it CDO — putting the letters O, C, and D in alphabetical order, as they should be. (I wish I could say that I came up with that one.)

I hasten to state that I am not trying to make light of people who really do struggle with daily life because of this disorder. That must be a terribly difficult thing to deal with the resulting debilitation. The humor in today's post is mostly about those of us who are perfectionists or have some OCD tendencies — when things are not totally orderly, it bothers us. Think of this post as more of a test to see if you have OCD tendencies. This next cartoon illustrates OCD quite well.

OCD Spider

See how quickly you can spot the thing/s out of place in the following pictures. How quickly you can find them and how much they bother you might signal how CDO you are. OK, here goes!
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