Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A to Z Challenge: M
Definition: a perfume dealer.
Sentence: I bought my favourite perfume from the myropolist down the street.
Definition: a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends.
Sentence: With life experiences like those behind her, the extreme plot machinations of Hollywood melodrama must have possessed an everyday familiarity for Stanwyck.
— New York Times (Apr 24, 2010)
Definition: lofty in style.
Sentence: The day was spent in magniloquent addresses, which affected the style of ancient types, urgent exhortations to war, poetical orations, rounds of applause, rapturous demonstrations.
— Æneas MacDonell Dawson
Definition: the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar.
Sentence: New words are eagerly seized; hence the malapropisms and solecisms so frequently made fun of, without appreciation of their cause.
— Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Definition: effusively or insincerely emotional.
Sentence: Herself full of mawkish sentimentality, her verses could not fail to be foolish, their whole impulse being the ambition that springs from self-admiration.
— George MacDonald
I particularly like malapropism given my theme this year.