Sunday, October 13, 2013

Malapropism

Emma came into our room today to tell me about a phone conversation she'd just had with her friend Oliver.  They'd been discussing feminism, and she was assuring him that she was NOT one of those women who see men as the enemy.  Why, some of her best friends were guys! 

"And then there's my dad..."  She was trying for a word between "definition" and "illustration" and came out with "... who's the ideal defecation of a decent human being!"



After I'd laughed long and hard, she said to me, red as a peony, "You're going to tell Dad about this, aren't you?" 

"Of course I have to tell him," I answered.  "He'll probably want to use it himself!"