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To utter an amusing error which occurs when someone uses a word that sounds like another word but which has a completely different meaning: Oliver's cousin habitually malaprops
words which he doesn't intend to be wrong; however, people can't help but laugh when he misuses such comments.
Examples of words that the cousin malaproped: "I regret that my affluence (influence) over my son is very small."
"Sure, if I reprehend (apprehend) anything in this world it is the use of my oracular (vernacular) tongue, and a nice derangement (arrangement) of epitaphs! (epithets!)"