From the time a character in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals named Mrs. Malaprop began twisting the English language, malapropisms, which are defined as being "the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar," have been standard in comedy.  In the 1940's it was Terence "Slip" Mahoney, leader of the Bowery Boys, who slaughtered the English tongue on a regular basis.  In the case of that character his misuse of words could safely be attributed to stupidity.  In the case of Balki, it's his unfamiliarity with some of the intricacies of translating the English language properly, particularly when it comes to American idioms.  From the time Balki hopped on a Myposian cart next to a sign reading "America or Burst" we knew we were in for some delightful turns of phrase.  These malapropisms have more accurately been labeled Balki-isms, and here we hope to list all of Balki's word-twisting treasures along with the original phrases he was attempting to say for those who may not be familiar with them (although some Balki-isms defy explanation).  And we ain't just whistling Dixie cups!

Note: we are listing these in the order they appear in the series and will add to the list each week

Season One Balki-isms

Season Two Balki-isms

Season Three Balki-isms

Season Four Balki-isms

Season Five Balki-isms

Season Six Balki-isms

Season Seven Balki-isms

Season Eight Balki-isms