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!

More info: Reddit

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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
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1 year ago (edited)

correct, unbelievable.....

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
1 year ago

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

Monday
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1 year ago

I'll just...try these...for science...

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Hey maybe they really are that good

Bell Smith
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1 year ago

Very bad taste but hilarious nonetheless XD

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Kjorn
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1 year ago

that's why they didn't have any left

Cat on a bike
Community Member
1 year ago

Well I would obviously prefere them to the regular ones 😍

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
1 year ago

One of our very religious teachers posted to the whole school about a seminar on erotic fruit. I couldn't get in touch with her to have her correct her email to say exotic fruit until she got back from lunch.

Angela Van Kell
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1 year ago

I bet she was humiliated. Omg!

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Linda
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1 year ago

Where can I buy these... asking for a friend

John Sutton
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1 year ago

I'll have what she's having...

Taryn Wallace
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1 year ago

This may not be a spelling error.... that's why the blueberries are all gone!!!

John L
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1 year ago

Well that explains why they are sold out....

Charlarina
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll have what she's having.

Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

I need to try those blueberries.

NanZ
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1 year ago

I don't like blueberries, but am willing to try these.

Dawn Baik
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1 year ago

bet they sold out fast

Tolga IŞIKYILDIZ
Community Member
1 year ago

they run out already

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they just really are THAT great

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
1 year ago

That might not be a misprint for someone who really, really likes blueberries.

Raine
Community Member
1 year ago

Do they go great with erotic cream

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 year ago

They would probably sell well.

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I bought some of those. I ate some, and it didn't work. Had to get my $ back.

Amber Turk
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1 year ago

No wonder the shelf is empty. ;)

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
1 year ago

I normally hate blueberries but I have to make an exception and find this kind.

Sabrina Froelich
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1 year ago

I'll have what she's havin' ...

Leo H
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1 year ago

I'll have what she's having

Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

I’ll have what she’s having.

Erin Sheppard
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1 year ago

**sold out in 10 seconds flat**

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

but are they organic?

boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

who would care

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

They must be really good.

ex-jedi
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1 year ago

I'll have what that blueberry's having.

Noez 🇸🇪
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll buy all of them!

Aidan Schirra
Community Member
1 year ago

And they’re gone!

Stevie B
Community Member
1 year ago

No mistake - they're really delicious blueberries.

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Notice their all sold out. The sale must have already climaxed.

Heidi Golff
Community Member
1 year ago

Can I get these on Amazon?.......Today?........Now?.......

Susan Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

I bought their first CD.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll take the lot.

Femur!
Community Member
1 year ago

I NEED ONE KILO OF THOSE RIGHT NOW!

Natalie KS
Community Member
1 year ago

Where is this store?! Asking for a friend.

Sonia Rudolph
Community Member
1 year ago

I've been eating the wrong blueberries my whole life....

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh! Oh! OOOOHHHHH!

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

That one is probably actually valid, lol.

Sue Chandler
Community Member
1 year ago

I might like some of those...lol

anotherboredpanda
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1 year ago

What do I do with the card?

Tenay Douglas
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why you should stay in school kids

Kusotare
Community Member
1 year ago

OH MY GOD! (good thing I have a card.)

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

I think we can all use these some time.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Wouldn’t they be bursting, then?

Mandy Ruiz
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds... very.. orgasmic

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

Blueberries that make you feel good!!!

Jeanne Groves
Community Member
1 month ago

they must be especially good.

DiegoS
Community Member
8 months ago

Organic? From what organ?

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
8 months ago

Ooh er

marnidarr
Community Member
11 months ago

I'm guessing that they sold out in record time!

Mack-doodle
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds vaguely... sexual

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 year ago

They're faking it. "blows them a raspberry*

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 year ago

Gimme a ton. Metric ton of orgasmic anything.

Paula
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe i should buy some

Alexandra Scharinger
Community Member
1 year ago

Kinda freaked out now, my grandmother loves blueberries...don’t wanna know if that’s the reason why LOL

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll bet they all got sold out very quickly.

nala simba
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll have some of those.,

Suz-Anne SEUSS
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I'll take a quart!!

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL, we have a spot here its called "Los Organos" some funny guide explaining to her customers call it "Los Orgasmos" LOL

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder why they’re all gone.

Grim Reaper
Community Member
1 year ago

ORSGANSIC?!?!?!

Ulla Untermaier
Community Member
1 year ago

It's empty =.. (.

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll pay twice that amount

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
1 year ago

My mom told me to buy an orgasmic blueberries never thought you can also buy it with card!

🏳️‍🌈👻EmoExtreemo👻🏳️‍🌈
1 year ago

*eats blueberry* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUH

Andrew Reyes
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll take a whole pallet full please

Koala King
Community Member
1 year ago

Sold out quick

Teri Donovan
Community Member
1 year ago

Hey...I'm up for trying them!!

Sarah
Community Member
1 year ago

For $1.25 they ain't organic that's for sure. Either that or your only getting 10 blueberries

Jody Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll have what she's having. <= From "When Harry met Sally"

Victoria Rey Piuma
Community Member
1 year ago

If only.....

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

this must have been auto corrected

BobbyMcD
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1 year ago

I'll have what she's having.

LaVerne Wheelbarger
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t want any!

Chris Challis
Community Member
1 year ago

i want some!!

Danni Lindemann
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice that shelf empty as fuck

beloved
Community Member
1 year ago

I gotta get me some of these!

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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1 year 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
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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
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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
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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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