Using five-dollar words you find in a thesaurus can make you sound elegant and educated -- but only if you know what they mean.[slideshow:103534]
Plenty of actors, musicians, athletes and politicians have made the same social gaffe of trying to use a multisyllable word they don’t actually understand, making them look a little foolish when they get called out.
While some celebrity slip-ups are simply silly, other misused words actually change the speaker’s meaning entirely, making their compliment an insult or their poetic musing preposterous.
Here are 24 of the most amusing malaprops made by bumbling famous figures over the years.