Mal Mots

This is a collection of mal mots I have heard, read in email, or that friends have given me. Mal mot is a term I gave to those words and phrases people misuse when they're trying to sound erudite. Or when they just don't know any better. Mal mots are not typos (or speakos.) These are clearly the word that was intended to be used, but it's just wrong.

I've stripped the full quotes down to the minimum needed to get the point across. Leaving in full context diminishes the mal mot.

If you don't understand any of these, then toddle along for this page is not meant for you.
If you really want a hint, click here for the same mal mots, but with the offending word in bold.

Without further adieu, here are the mal mots I have collected so far:



Yes, I know my own text includes a mal mot. This was intentional.

Text copyright 2007 by Wayne Morrison, all rights reserved.

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