One thing that almost always gets a laugh out of us is when somebody uses incorrect but similar sounding words to express themselves. Electrical instead of electoral, bone jaw instead of bonjour, suppository instead of repository — the comedic potential is nearly limitless because we all have blind spots where we mix up two similarly sounding words that are, in reality, anything but similar in meaning.

The subreddit ‘Bone Apple Tea’ (which sounds almost like bon appétit in French) collects all forms of malapropisms which are when people use an incorrect word that sounds similar to the appropriate word, often with hilarious results. We’ve collected the best such examples, so get your scrolling fingers ready, upvotes your faves and share with your friends. Let us know what the best malapropisms you’ve ever heard are and share with us if you’ve ever committed any embarrassing linguistic accidents yourself.

Be sure to scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with 'Bone Apple Tea's' founder and moderators!

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Kwj 1 month ago

Last response with the entire pig, is the best thing ever! :D

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Kwj 1 month ago

The respone made me laugh so much :D

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Raine 1 month ago

i believe the storks dont deliver anymore

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Bored Panda got in touch with the ‘Bone Apple Tea’ subreddit and talked to its moderators about the community, its history and what it stands for.

The subreddit’s creator TheNekkedNinja had this to say: “I started the sub around 3-ish years ago. I was bored at work and I was curious about how moderating worked. The rest is history!”

“As far as the name goes, I always liked the original bone apple tea meme so when I saw that the name was free, ‘Bone Apple Tea’ was born,” TheNekkedNinja explained. “I never thought I would do anything with it and I definitely never thought it would ever become this big. I have no modding experience so I'm incredibly thankful for the mods that came on board and turned it into what it has become today. We currently have 15 mods who sift through hundreds of submissions a day from over 700K subscribers.”

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CiscoZulfikar 1 month ago

When life gives you paper, you gonna make some lemonade

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80 Van 1 month ago

Here's a recipe: https://www.vindulge.com/smoked-marinara-sauce/

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Jessamyn Zolcznski 1 month ago

He wasn't horsing around

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One of the moderators, Altrissa, told Bored Panda that the community’s mission statement is to “highlight the amount of malapropisms that exist in the world.”

“English is one of the weirdest languages in human history and our sub more than proves it!” the mod said. “If native English speakers can have so many problems finding the correct word, imagine how hard it is for everyone else! It's also quite hilarious to see all of the inventive ways people use phonics to spell words they aren't familiar with.”

“Some of the funniest malapropisms we've heard are usually the more immature ones,” Altrissa revealed. “Tonight tits" for tinnitus, "orgasmic blueberries" for organic blueberries, and "crushed Asians" for crustaceans.”

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WillemPenn 1 month ago

You're out of luck, mate - you'll never make your money back on me.

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Koalamonster 1 month ago

They're a big problem in the hippo communities.

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Calcium The Bully Terrier 1 month ago

They're just wine-ing (I'll... show myself out...)

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Incorrect words get used all the time by people from all backgrounds: whether they’re politicians or private citizens, everyone has at some point embarrassed themselves, perhaps unknowingly, by mixing up words that at first glance can look almost identical. Malapropisms tend to have a very powerful effect on people, making us giggle as though we’re schoolchildren.

The very term ‘malapropism’ came into being after Richard Brinsley Sheridan created the stage comedy called The Rivals in 1775. In the popular play, the humorous aunt character Mrs. Malaprop often mixed up words and caused the audience to chuckle with laughter.

For example, Mrs. Malaprop (whose name is a version of the French word malapropos which means ‘inappropriate’) has been known to call the ‘pinnacle of politeness’ the ‘pineapple of politeness.’ She also mixes up ‘allegory’ with ‘alligator.’

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Sonja 1 month ago

And is that written consent? :D

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ADHORTATOR 1 month ago (edited)

correct, unbelievable.....

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu 1 month ago

didn't know, I shall look for, maybe....

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The character Archie Bunker from the TV situational comedy All in the Family also constantly used malapropisms. Such as mixing up ‘ill refute’ with ‘ill repute,’ ‘ivory shower’ with ‘ivory tower,’ and ‘pig’s eye’ with ‘pigsty.’ We laugh at times like these because the jokes are instinctively funny to us; but we also laugh because we know we’ve made similar mistakes, and they’re a part of being human.

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CiscoZulfikar 1 month ago

And we all are incircle

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N G 1 month ago

Ahh they've caught some new shoplifters

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CiscoZulfikar 1 month ago

Technically it's true, the source of sweet and sour for your food

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Shawn 1 month ago

Wow!! So much wrong with this post...

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80 Van 1 month ago

Done.

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Shawn 1 month ago

That's a hell of a hug! He probably needs to wipe better as well. Lol

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M.J. 1 month ago

Hahahahahaha. Can't stop laughing.

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Roger Haywood 1 month ago

Muslim takeaway food.

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Don Jon 1 month ago

oh mon dieu

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Kaisu 1 month ago

I don't think this is a bad mistake, since euthanasia and youth in Asia are both likely presentation topics! Besides, who knows how the teacher pronounced euthanasia

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago

How the fuck do they pronounce it in person?

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Restless 1 month ago

Double banger sounds better

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E. Loop 1 month ago

It shuffles the soil

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ADHORTATOR 1 month ago (edited)

I got Type 2 Diabetes, from now on I will call it "Tattoo Diabetes", it sounds much better :-)

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago (edited)

You don't even get a discount with 2 for 5. Why not just say 2.50

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A B C 1 month ago

Ark, that hurts!

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Tiffany Marie 1 month ago

Couldn't even say 4 for 4? Lol

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Bill 1 month ago

I thought this was a conversation between two lesbians

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago

She dodged a bullet. Well, two. Rude and stupid.

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Marcellus the Third 1 month ago

On pizza? That'd better be Mother Ella cheese.

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Kristi S. 1 month ago

U should wear a diaper then...

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A B C 1 month ago

They tend so do that in mafia-ruled pizza restaurants

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Phil DeBlanc 1 month ago

Babies are yummy as long as you don't burn them.

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Bill 1 month ago

I thought they only did credit cards

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu 1 month ago

who knows? maybe it is therapeutic?

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CiscoZulfikar 1 month ago

Ellen IS generous

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Restless 1 month ago

strawbebie fields fowebber

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The Breaker 1 month ago

Who's to say it isn't?

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago (edited)

Well don't eat crushed Asians either.

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Aaron W 1 month ago

Do they hit your forehead when you run? That might be why your ears are ringing.

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Calcium The Bully Terrier 1 month ago

No, that's the right word. You can't see it, because the image is cropped, but he has webbed feet

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Cat on a bike 1 month ago

short and precise 🤣

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TheExtremeSmell 1 month ago

Always thought that when I was little

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago

That's a shame, Arthur.

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Rowlie 1 month ago

i live in denile of my own missouri

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Koalamonster 1 month ago

I do love the part of the movie where the beast freaks out when the Asian markets drop and he's terrified that he'll lose all his money. I mean, that is why he's mad most of the movie.

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The Breaker 1 month ago

Best since John F Kentucky

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Shawn 1 month ago

I'll take one jelly ass on toast please

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Koalamonster 1 month ago

The... plains... there's just so much wrong here

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Roger Haywood 1 month ago

Catchy.

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Kaisu 1 month ago

I love the third person asking to be in the screenshot

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A B C 1 month ago

Guess who doesn't know what the heck a valedictorian is :D

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Imajin_A_Shön 1 month ago

Les Vengeurs

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Phil DeBlanc 1 month ago

From real swamp spuds!

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Demonic Darkness 1 month ago

Despicable.

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Roger Haywood 1 month ago

I'm never going to MacDonalds again.

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Wayan Meidawati 1 month ago

The pirates of Carry bean!!!

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Kaisu 1 month ago

He has a confederate flag, so I'm not surprised he's dumb af

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Kaisu 1 month ago

Family is such a basic word, so how can you not form familiar, how the hell do you get for meal your out of it

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Calcium The Bully Terrier 1 month ago

Dericious sprimkles.

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kasa alex 1 month ago

But the NapQueens?

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Phil DeBlanc 1 month ago

From responsibly sourced oat cows.

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Monday 1 month ago

Well Caucasians do have slightly higher autism rates than other groups....nothing to do with vaccines though.

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Koalamonster 1 month ago

Wtf. Anyone who ends a statement where they seem to be aroused with 'damn daddy quack quack'- I would just like you to imagine the next romantic encounter you have and as things are gettimg to the business one of you says that. I don't feel like it would necessarily go well.

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CalamityOne 1 month ago

Now I'm desperate for a smork...

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Roger Haywood 1 month ago

Keep them away from my car!

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Monday 1 month ago

Wonder what kind of pieces he builds his day out of....

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JAYDA SHUTTER 1 month ago

its very convenious

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ZANDA 1 month ago

more like "too shy"

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Kwj 1 month ago

This is how my 5 yr old stepson says Ketchup :D

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Roger Haywood 1 month ago

I think they mean onion nuggest. ;)

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Kristi S. 1 month ago

My name is Wire, Bob Wire!

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Tina Hugh 1 month ago

...it’s just the way it goes...

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David Jeu 1 month ago

Next time do a copy/paste.

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