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Don Pelto wants to pelt people who say laxadaisical

I have heard a painful merging of two, perfectly good words into one malaphonious (new coinage, the opposite of euphonious) term. It is most often heard in the play by play of a sporting event, where one team is not putting out a full effort. The announcer will describe their performance as laxadaisical. While lax and lackadaisical may both be appropriate, the combination does not exist! We must stop this abomination!

You are correct, the combination does not exist.  Clearly people are confusing lax and lackadaisical.  They are not related.

Though we heartily endorse the sentiment, we cannot entirely approve of malaphonius as it combines Latin and Greek. How about dysphonic... or even cacaphonic?

Have you heard or read similar or equally distressing usages?

Do tell us. 

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