1. The unintentional use of wrong words: the misuse of a word through confusion with another word that
sounds similar, or the creation of a new word in an attempt to sound scholarly
2. absurd or humorous misuse of words, terms, or phrases especially by confusing
terms, words or historical events with others.
3. The act of creating
new words out of frustration when one has limited knowledge
of a particular event
or subject matter.
,' 'misunderestimate,' 'wee-wee'd up.' English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words
too. Got to celebrate it!'" --a Tweet sent by Sarah Palin in response
to being ridiculed
for inventing the word "refudiate
mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius, July 18, 201
In this example, both refudiate
and misunderestimate are examples of palinpropism.