How to define this language mistake?
July 17, 2007 3:08 PM Subscribe
Is there a term for mangling two words to create a new word or term?
posted by suki to Writing & Language (28 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
In conversations with two different people they've incorrectly combined words or terms to express themselves.
During the first discussion, the guy described his misunderstanding of what someone was saying by stating, "I misconscrewed it up."
The second time, another guy explained his inability to talk while upset by saying he was, "flustrated."
Malaprop is the closest I've come, but it's not quite what happens. And I'd love to hear other examples, because I think there's a strange brilliance to this phenomenon.