Malapropisms, Spoonerisms, Mixed Metaphors & George W. Bush

Malapropisms, Spoonerisms, Mixed Metaphors & George W. Bush

Discovery Magazine in the June 2007 issue published a list of speech errors composed by Scott Kim. He lists the following:

Malapropisms which is substituting the wrong word for a similar sounding one. George_bush_dunce For example: "I am sure I have done everything in my power since I exploded the affair."

Spoonerisms which is switching the first sounds of two close words. For example, "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride." A better example is George Bush’s May 4, 2007 Washington D.C. remarks: "I’m honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States."

Mixed metaphors which is combining two metaphors which are in conflict. Think Yogi Berra here. "No matter which fork in the road we take, it’s not going to be smooth sailing." Or George Bush’s comment on July 25, 2003 that "security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace."

Then there are these classic bungled statements by the leader of the greatest nation in the free world:

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYN’s aren’t able to practice their love with women all over this country." Speech at Popular Bluff, MO, Sept 6, 2004

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, an neither do we." Remarks in Washington D.C. Aug 5, 2004 (Unfortunately, very close to the unintended truth)

"There’s an old saying in Tennessee..I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says fool me once…(three second pause)…shame on…(4 second pause)…shame on you…(6 second pause)…fool me…can’t get fooled again. " Speech to Nashville, Tennessee audience Sept 17, 2002.

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