Herculean - d'oh!

Posted by Lewis on April 28, 2005

In Reply to: Herculaneum effort posted by ESC on April 24, 2005

: : Herculaneum effort is a phrase that seems to combine Herculean, referring to the strentgh of Hercules, and Herculaneum, the city that perished along with Pompeii. Is this display a show of wit, or a gentle malapropism?

: Here's all Merriam-Webster says:

: Main Entry: Her·cu·la·ne·um
: Pronunciation: "h&r-ky&-'lA-nE-&m
: Usage: geographical name
: ancient city S Italy in Campania on Tyrrhenian Sea; destroyed A.D. 79 by eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

: I vote: show of wit.

I vote malapropriapism...