Malapropism is a word that is used to describe an accidental choice, omission or alteration of words. When people speak it happens all the time! For example one Sunday when I was leading worship the closing song that I was supposed to announce was “Take my Life and Let it Be”… a song we are all familiar with… however… and I don’t really know why… I announced the song as “Take my Wife and Let me Be” … rather embarrassing!
Another malapropism I’ve heard… "A waist is a terrible thing to mind". Or how about at weddings… "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride" or my all time favorite… "Remember when it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing".
Jesus used malapropism all the time… “the first will be last and the last will be first” … that’s the opposite of how we think. Or how about… “for it is by grace you have been saved… not by your works” … we think that we need to earn it. While these teachings seem like an accidental choice of words to us… in fact they are the truth… and they have eternal consequences.
But the greatest malapropism of all time… “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my voice and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death to life” John 5:24. Most people think it all ends with death… but Jesus promises there is life beyond the grave… hope in this world… purpose for all.
Malapropism… so we have all learned something new. I hope you don’t think I’m making a mountain out of a molehill, but when it comes to understanding the idea of malapropism that’s the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell… Pastor Mike