malapropos


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Other recent exhibitions, such as "Manet and the Sea" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art earlier this year, show us a different Manet from the artist on view at "Manet at the Prado." There we see an unquestionably modern Manet, a Manet on vacation from the museums and exhibitions of Paris, a Manet at once moving in his elegant simplicity and quick, careless facility (a touch here makes a flower, a stroke there makes a sail) and remarkably malapropos in his larger landscape efforts, with their unmodulated chunks of blue-green sea--a Manet, in short, of Baudelairean speed and bourgeois leisure, of marketable throwaways, impatience with the rules, and disregard for the past.
Otis 17 asserts: "The tone is light, the mythology exaggerated as well as comically malapropos, the solicitude rhetorical." Bennett's survey (29) of criticism on 1.15 concludes that the poem would "seem to be something of a failure."
The malapropos words of an irrelevant communication seem unrelated to the context in which they appear; they make the receiver ask: "What has that got to do with what I've just said?"
The word malapropism is built on the word malapropos, which was minted in the 17th century by Dryden.
Emancipation remained malapropos until well into the Civil War.