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An oratorical question

June 4, 2019

I’m watching the French Open (or Roland Garros as we must now call it) quarter-final between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, and I have just heard commentator Mark Petchey say to his commentator, “I assume that’s an oratorical question”.

An oratorical question. That’s a rare case of a malapropism that nevertheless still makes sense.

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