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Common feedback comments and what they mean: What is a Malapropism?

This guide lists some common feedback comments and explains what they mean.

What is a malapropism?

A malapropism is an incorrect word used accidentally in place of another word with a similar sound.

For example:

 Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences. (sinuses)

 The flood damage was so bad they had to evaporate the city. (evacuate)