Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Illiterate him, I say, quite from your memory.... There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existedand I thought it my duty to do so.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist. Mrs. Malaprop, in The Rivals, act 1, sc. 2 (1775).
The first appearance of Mrs. Malaprop in the play, which is peppered with her "malapropisms." Her name is from the French, mal à propos, or "inappropriate."