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
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1 year ago

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

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Kwj
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1 year ago

The respone made me laugh so much :D

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Raine
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

When life gives you paper, you gonna make some lemonade

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80 Van
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1 year ago

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

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

They're a big problem in the hippo communities.

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Calcium The Bully Terrier
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

And is that written consent? :D

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

correct, unbelievable.....

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

And we all are incircle

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N G
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1 year ago

Ahh they've caught some new shoplifters

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CiscoZulfikar
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Shawn
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1 year ago

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

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80 Van
Community Member
1 year ago

Done.

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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M.J.
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1 year ago

Hahahahahaha. Can't stop laughing.

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Don Jon
Community Member
1 year ago

oh mon dieu

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Roger Haywood
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1 year ago

Muslim takeaway food.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

How the fuck do they pronounce it in person?

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Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

Double banger sounds better

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E. Loop
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1 year ago

It shuffles the soil

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

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

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

But wait, act now and get 3 for $7.50

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't elope, I just don't love you.

Blue Cicada
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone literally added a tiny apostrophe!

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Teri Donovan
Community Member
1 year ago

Worst part is, it's spelled out right below the sign.....

Redfox
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope,they must be married in church like all good vaggies do.

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, this one is definitely a joke.

Lola
Community Member
1 year ago

Everyone can elope.

KJena
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you sure those are cantaloupes?

Sian Edwards
Community Member
1 year ago

It's written on the box! How can you possibly spell it wrong when it's right in front of you?

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
1 year ago

IT'S A JOKE.

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

What two teens without a car can't do.

Amanda Pullias
Community Member
1 year ago

Go to the local Justice of the Peas.

Jo Browne
Community Member
1 year ago

Legless and can't elope

SF Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

Of course they can't elope. They're barely 8 months old. Ridiculous

Suzanne Bernal
Community Member
1 year ago

The correct spelling is right on the box below their sign!

Wendy Boustani
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s okay, fruit stand lady. I can’t elope either.

Laci
Community Member
1 year ago

This must be why melons have big weddings.

Lane Buckner
Community Member
1 year ago

My wife won't let me.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
1 year ago

Cant Elope. That is totally hilarious!!III I will never see a cantaloupe the same way!

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

So if you can't elope, have a wedding. With melon instead of a cake.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That has to be deliberate. Someone was bored and screwing around.

Darren Dunbar
Community Member
1 year ago

But have agreed to a long engagement.

Sue Chandler
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate when I can't elope.... bummer.

Amber Turk
Community Member
1 year ago

I bought a "didn't divorce" as well. (watermelon)

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

But if you buy two, they DID elope. I'm sure the others don't approve of those two leaving together!

Daniel da Silva
Community Member
1 year ago

At least we know they won't run away

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't Elope? So they expect a big ceremony and everything?

Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago

Grocery stores are harsh man, forced prostitution and now you can't elope with the rich millionaire who hired you for the week to go with him to the opera. Damn. At least we still have fresh vaggies.

Bookey
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to get them in pairs, help them elope.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd haggle to get a special $10 for four offer.

Marcus Snufkin
Community Member
1 year ago

They don't have a ladder. ☹️

Bob Hunter
Community Member
1 year ago

I give them points for using an apostrophe.

Alex Watson
Community Member
1 year ago

but I suppose they can still roll away...

Chris Boswall
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Moron. It's written right on the box.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't do deals either

marnidarr
Community Member
1 year ago

It's written on the box...smh...

Logan Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel like they did that on purpose, though...

Nuniek Widiayani
Community Member
1 year ago

Langsat😋

Sandy Surface
Community Member
1 year ago

Does this mean they have to have a “proper” wedding?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 year ago

Best fruit for gealous fathers!

Alexandra Scharinger
Community Member
1 year ago

These Cantelope will be forever lonely because they can’t elope 😆

Ava Bowie
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s not even a discount if they are 2.50 each and 5.00 for two!! Omg they cant even spell cantaloupe 🍈

Sassy Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

awe the poor things, all they want is to get married...

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor attempt at marketing. No discount when 2.50 each or two for 5.

Heidi Golff
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor things............so sad!

Steve Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

How murch 4 is?

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

They could if they had legs.

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm more concerned by how dinged and gross they look.

Christina Forest
Community Member
1 year ago

It's spelled below the sign. Lmao

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
1 year ago

You can indeed elope - it just will cost you W-A-Y more than $2.50.

Andrew Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

I can wait on that deal, I know they'll definitely be there tomorrow

Beh Pnkt
Community Member
1 year ago

when you can't elope, you can't elope. Well...I don't even and I'm not even mad about it.

Amy Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

The price is down to their annoyance at not being able to elope

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

Ok, but this is a pun.

Karen Townsend
Community Member
1 year ago

In case you are not good at math

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
1 year ago

Marry 'em there!

Jim Kang
Community Member
1 year ago

Again, looks like it was intentional

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, first, they're gonna need a ladder...

elfin
Community Member
1 year ago

At least their math is accurate. Meaningless, but accurate.

Gurbir Benipal
Community Member
1 year ago

Exactly, if they could elope then the price would be 2 for 4

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait. $5.00 for 2 indicates they CAN elope. Soooo...

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

But they can get married.

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

It's going to be a lonely lonely life is you can't elope.

KJena
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1 year ago

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

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JenB
Community Member
1 year ago

Canteloupe. Don't have enough money.

JV
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that's deliberate

Hard 2 Guess
Community Member
1 year ago

I tried. I just can't do it.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

They Can't Elope unless you set them free. Please, we need some for next year!!!

Jon S.
Community Member
1 year ago

I think its just an optical illusion, but those melons look tiny

IzzieM
Community Member
1 year ago

I can't elope either. #singlelife

Mikyla McEwen
Community Member
1 year ago

How the fuck do you mess up in the spelling when it’s right on the box?!

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A B C
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1 year ago

Ark, that hurts!

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

Couldn't even say 4 for 4? Lol

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Bill
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1 year ago

I thought this was a conversation between two lesbians

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Marcellus the Third
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1 year ago

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

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Demonic Darkness
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Kristi S.
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1 year ago

U should wear a diaper then...

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A B C
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1 year ago

They tend so do that in mafia-ruled pizza restaurants

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Phil DeBlanc
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1 year ago

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

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Bill
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1 year ago

I thought they only did credit cards

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
1 year ago

who knows? maybe it is therapeutic?

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CiscoZulfikar
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1 year ago

Ellen IS generous

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Restless
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1 year ago

strawbebie fields fowebber

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The Breaker
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1 year ago

Who's to say it isn't?

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