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Is there a technical term for combination, in error, of similar or related words? This question is prompted by the following malapropism or solecism, from an article by Elizabeth Montalbano in InformationWeek:

The project also serves as a segueway into the next-generation Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), a program by NOAA that also will collect weather and climate data.

The writer presumably formed segueway by miscegenation of segue with Segway. The problem does not seem to be a simple typographical error, which "includes errors due to mechanical failure or slips of the hand or finger, but usually excludes errors of ignorance, such as spelling errors." It also seems unlikely to be a neologism. Some processes of word formation -- agglutination, back-formation, blending, etc. -- of course are in play here, but those terms don't imply error.

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It's possible he was going for "segue", but didn't realize the "ue" part was pronounced "way". Words like vague and vogue could give someone the idea that the "ue" is silent. –  Mahnax Oct 28 '11 at 21:58
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is this a variety of eggcorn? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggcorn –  nohat Oct 28 '11 at 23:43
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Mahnax @FumbleFingers Isn't Elizabeth normally a women's name? –  Hugo Oct 29 '11 at 6:59
    
Your "miscegenation" seemed like a pretty good coinage. –  Malvolio Sep 13 '12 at 1:28
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Misjuxtaposition is used in these situations. It's something that exists in "common use", but not the dictionary so I don't know that that would count here.

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Malaprop?

Otherwise, I would say eggcorn.

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While eggcorn may be appropriate, malapropism (use of an inappropriate word in place of a similar sounding one) plainly is not. –  jwpat7 Jun 7 '12 at 1:32
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Eggcorn is exactly what you need, per jwpat –  Richard Haven Jul 21 '12 at 20:52
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