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The malaprop is defined as the incorrect usage of a word by substituting a similar-sounding word, usually with comic effect.

It comes from Irish playwright and Whig statesman, Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 play, “The Rivals." In it, a character named Lady Malaprop uttered lines like this:

"Make no delusions to the past."

Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. of the Sopranos perpetrated this one:

"You're very observant: the sacred and the propane."

Former president George W. Bush is coming on strong (or wrong) in the malaprop hall of fame.

"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."

"It will take time to restore chaos and order."

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson weighed in with a few contenders:

"I might just fade into Bolivian, you know what I mean?"

"Hannibal had real guts. He rode elephants into Cartilage."

Another ex-Yankee, Yogi Berra has even been given an official name for his malaprops: "Yogisms."

The first official Yogism occurred in an after dinner speech he made in his hometown St. Louis in 1947 with this disarming opening: "I wanna thank everybody here for making this night unnecessary."

It would be folly to leave these out (or in):

"You can observe a lot by watching."

"Ninety percent of the game is half mental."

Yogi also said, “It’s not over, 'till it’s over."

Consider this over.

For now.

J. Peterman

 

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February 25, 2013 2:00 AM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

Lady Malaprop and her Group were quite entertaining, at County Fairs, and the like .......
 
They were known far and wide as Lady Malaprop's All Girl, All Nude, Accordion Band .......
 
Lady of Spain was their most famous piece .......
 
The D.A.R. put them out of business ....... Never been an Act like them since ...
 
 
Pity .......
 

February 25, 2013 2:26 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

The former, former Mayor Daley. The '68 convention.  "blah,blah, "The Police are here to maintian disorder....

February 25, 2013 2:28 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

..."and our former president, Hoobert Heever..."  (a most famous malaprop)

February 25, 2013 2:32 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I am not the one qualified to do the due dilligence here at the eYe, but I believe we almost have the market cornered ...on Malaprops...   (although, some are dialog enteries, and if sounded as well as read, would fit perfeck-lee)

February 25, 2013 2:34 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

any body here watch them Awsker Owardz??

February 25, 2013 2:40 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I used my 'Gragger'

February 25, 2013 5:29 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

"Is that an appple you have there, Ev?"........"Serpently is" she replied. What.s the difference between  a seagull and  a puppy? The seagull flits across the , the puppy sh***s across the floor.. Monkeys make toast under the gorilla. ...... more later. 

February 25, 2013 5:30 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

"Is that an appple you have there, Ev?"........"Serpently is" she replied. What.s the difference between  a seagull and  a puppy? The seagull flits across the , the puppy sh***s across the floor.. Monkeys make toast under the gorilla. ...... more later. 

February 25, 2013 5:30 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Bovver! Berted again!

February 25, 2013 6:07 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

IVAN....................an early morning treat to see you! How's life?
 
Morning HAZE!

February 25, 2013 6:28 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I definitely wrote my ealier contribution befor the coffee had reached my braincell! Seagull flits acoss the shore! I've checked out Malaprop on Googe and there's loads of very funny ones. I'm sure I've mentioned before about my  mother admiring a cottage 'covered in hysteria'

February 25, 2013 11:18 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

IVAN

 

It’s not for lack of
trying…It’s probably best that these ladies keep their clothes on.

They were last minute
fill ins, didn’t really know how they would perform in a pinch.

That’s Tommy Typical
playing the part of the old geezer in a black hat.  He was tight-cast again.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxUWDpgVtEs

February 25, 2013 11:24 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


A camp counselor was accused of favoritism for the way he partialed out treats and privileges.

After the flood waters subsidized, they rebuilt out of the ashes.

A man at the next table and in under a half hour mentioned being an only twin; that his mother had had the half-cocked idea of raising chickens; accused a joker of firing fake blanks and told a young woman who appeared to be his daughter, that in dropping out of college, it would be up to her to explain how she had sunk to such heights.

A friend told of editing a proposed speech by her grandmother: "The young women (missionaries) were got out of the port city before July when the ships came in and it would be flooded with seamen."





February 25, 2013 12:00 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I no wot I dun! Turned off the spell-check 'cos I was writing to someone in Welsh. People have been posting on FB a gobbledygook item that says that as long as the first and last letters of a word are correct, an intelligent mind 'assumes' the meaning of the word. I had no problem reading that, but put it down to years of reading children's efforts at writing. "My Daddy has flew." (Flu) Thank goodness, he's not left home! The kid could mean 'flown' ... one has to be careful! There's another word for misunderstood/miss-heard words, I saw it earlier today on Google and should have jotted it down. I really should compile one of those silly coffee table books of Spellcheck Suggestions on Welsh Words. Language is a wonderful thing. My Nephew messaged me that he had not visited as he'd got a problem with his Car baretta - is he toting a gun?

February 25, 2013 12:44 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Doe snot spellcheck pick the best most of ten used word?

February 25, 2013 1:26 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

MISS BEBE:   Thank You, and it is Good to see You too !!!
 
Life at its worst is better than the alternative ... and I am Blessed never to be bored .......
 
Bless You for asking .......
 
PAOLOS:   Sheer Genius !!!  Ogden Nash would be proud !!!
 
Could have used you writing verses on the Place Cards for the Purim Feast !!!

February 25, 2013 2:24 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

IVAN ~ I am not worthy, but thank you. As a young lad I was apprenticed at a local paper, writing obituaries.  I was eventually let go, the pressure was too great, I couldn't keep up, the deadline always seemed to elude me.

February 25, 2013 2:26 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Miss Hazel ~ Spell check is ruining the publishing industry, our own language as well as many other mother tongues. That's all I have to slay on the matter.

February 25, 2013 2:29 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Great to see you, too, Ivan - and the lovely MISS BEBE. Food time here - 'Spanish' omelette with clear out the 'fridge leftovers, big enough to do dinner for tonite and breakfast for tomorrow. Just stuffed my face with it. Yum yum!

February 25, 2013 2:33 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Nice to see yew, too, dear Paolos.

February 25, 2013 2:44 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Nice to see yew, too, dear Paolos. Very by-the-way, English chuchyards have Yew trees as they were the stuff to make archery bows out of for the purpose of killing the 'enemy' with your bow and arrow. The law that said it is a punishable offence to fail to practaice archery on a Sunday was repealed from the statute book in my lifetime. We have some strange laws, which are generally ignored, but still in force. Little nuggets of history.

February 25, 2013 3:18 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Around these parts, Miss Hazel, we practice our religion on Sunday and then put it to good use the rest of the week. The only law we have on the statues is that one commando about craving gravy images

February 25, 2013 3:22 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

 


Tommy Typical   is ....... Lucabrazzi .......

February 25, 2013 3:24 PM
Stage_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 JALOPKIN said...

PAOLOS:  Very  cerebral  .......

February 25, 2013 4:02 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...


 

Has Anyone heard from Miss ANDY lately???????????? MissAndy
if you are out there, I hope all is well.

Here’s some Elvis for you, one of my all-time favorites,
Polk Salad Andy.

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOzaVpgeHJg

 

February 25, 2013 4:17 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

paolos~ your 3.18 amused me greatly.

February 25, 2013 4:19 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Hello to Hazel, Paolos, RY, Ivan, Stoney -- Seems to me we have recently revisited this topic and I will just stay tuned and listen/read in. It is chilly and overcast here, awaiting 2" of predicted rain. (I heard a tornado just tore over my favorite island, St. Geo. Island in Fla., so am eagerly listening for more news there.) Here, again, a day to stay in, light up the fireplace, and make hot cocoa or tea.
On topic --I like Mrs. Mal's "He is the very pineapple of politeness."

Some others for those who get a kick out of misspeaking....

http://www.fun-with-words.com/mala_famous.html

February 25, 2013 4:42 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

Just heard "Nothing succeeds like excess."  Who remembers that one?

February 25, 2013 4:51 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Yes, Moose~ nice link. Saw it earlier today in my Internet adventures. Enjoy your evening by the fire. I have forgotten most of the things my mother said as it was forbidden to laugh or correct her in the days before Dyslexia was a recognised problem. We would play board games as a family and Scrabble was interesting .... Mum would put a word on the board and Dad would gently nudge me, wink and shake his head. Part of me was mighty p***ed off that there was one set of rules for us and another for her, but anything to keep the peace and have 'family time.' I guess it taught me generosity of spirit towards people less able than myself, and as we all know, I am Queen of Typos if I don't splell check!

February 25, 2013 4:54 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Hi, Marypb~ Nothing succeds like a gerbil!

February 25, 2013 4:54 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Hi, Marypb~ Nothing succeeds like a gerbil!

February 25, 2013 4:57 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Grrrrrr! At least it came spelled right second time.

February 25, 2013 5:12 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Hazel ~

"Family time," I like it better than quality time the word quality being unqualitative left unmodified.
I suppose when my mother wrestled me into submission and administered an unwelcome enema, we could be said to have shared some quality time but the quality was, in my opinion, very poor.
I daresay it set me right and I was soon back outside playing. I should probably clarify that I was about five at the time.

February 25, 2013 5:27 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I'm ever so glad for the clarification, Stoney.  Ever so glad.  The visual was - well, I'm ever so glad.  And now the big question:  IS TODAY MONDAY or TUESDAY?  A quick reply would be (ever so) much appreciated.  i remain, sincerely yours, confused

February 25, 2013 5:35 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

It's Monday Miss Park.

February 25, 2013 5:41 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


P4 ~
I considered leaving that last sentence off just to give you the heebie jeebies… again.

February 25, 2013 5:43 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...


Stoney, Stoney, Stoney, Forgive my intrusion, but I feel compelled to
insert a familiar quote into the mix. It was Aristotle, I believe, who
said A common danger unites even the bitterest enemas. I can't say I know what he meant by that. I won't butt in again, promise.

February 25, 2013 5:55 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Stoney~ !!!! You just evoked buttock-clenching memories! Living in Africa, we would get worm infestations of the lower gut, warm soapy water enemas were the prescribed remedy in those days.. Now I can buy a put onto the back of the neck/shoulder area to de-worm my cat easily. Tape worm, round worm, lung worm etc. I just got some new nail-clippers as she is sticking to the carpet. This job will have to be done by stealth, one claw at a time. She HATES having a manicure!

February 25, 2013 5:58 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

PLEASE REASSURE ME IT'S MONDAY, dear people! I think it is, but now I'm not sure!

February 25, 2013 7:21 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

When it comes to righting, especially when I post hear at the omnipotent, omnipresent Aye, eye am like a toddler......just barely able to place one foot, or in my case, word, in front of the other in a straight line that gets me where EyE wish to bee.

I struggle enough to rite words in the rite place that eye couldn't imagine actually seeking malpractices to prescient here.

Peas out..........  May the stars shine on your faces and the hair on your toes grow long and curly!

Mooseloop, I am glad you enjoyed the Arb link.

February 25, 2013 7:24 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Ye gods and little fishes, what slippery slope landed us on the subject of enemas?

I won't even let a doctor wave a finger in my direction.

February 25, 2013 8:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Peter Lake~ it was that Stoney that started it! I love how the Village chat digresses into unexpected places, today it seems anal.       I'm off to under the duvet, but I'll keep a pair of latex gloves handy just in case I have insomnia.

February 25, 2013 9:45 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Peter Lake ~

It pains me to be the one to inform you that somewhere in your not to distant future, a visit to a urological practice called something like Bendover & Spreadham will reveal that a digital prostate exam is decidedly analog.
Leave your dignity in the car.

February 25, 2013 10:25 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Stoney,
My dignity tied up a change of clothes, a sliver of soap, and a toothbrush into a bandana and tied it to the end of a stick beforing hopping a train to parts unknown....at least to me ........a very long time ago.

February 25, 2013 10:35 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Nah! Not sleeping! Peter Lake~ I can't grab an amusing proctology word from my cesspit vocabulary. Seriously, I do exhort you to leave your dignity in the car and submit to a man health check - goodness, we women have to do cervical smear tests, boob X-rays, neither procedure is much fun. But PLEASE dear people, get those health checks done. I got a mysterious package in the post recently - a bowel cancer testing kit. Very easy to understand instructions. This was courtesy of our amazing National Health Service. Ha Ha! You send off a poo sample on the lollipop stick provided, in the super-sealed envelope provided, postage paid, thanks, - they check for any symptoms of "NASTIES". Easier treated sooner than later.

February 25, 2013 10:36 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Nah! Not sleeping! Peter Lake~ I can't grab an amusing proctology word from my cesspit vocabulary. Seriously, I do exhort you to leave your dignity in the car and submit to a man health check - goodness, we women have to do cervical smear tests, boob X-rays, neither procedure is much fun. But PLEASE dear people, get those health checks done. I got a mysterious package in the post recently - a bowel cancer testing kit. Very easy to understand instructions. This was courtesy of our amazing National Health Service. Ha Ha! You send off a poo sample on the lollipop stick provided, in the super-sealed envelope provided, postage paid, thanks, - they check for any symptoms of "NASTIES". Easier treated sooner than later.

February 25, 2013 10:37 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

You are such a lovely, friendly group.  I will miss reading all you say and all the times you laugh and take care of each other.  Perhaps checking in will be a possibility. Sweet dreams and good health to you all.

February 25, 2013 10:44 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Hazel,
Not to worry. I have my yearly spelunking procedure in a few weeks.

February 26, 2013 12:01 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


If the canary faints...

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