I am interested in cataloguing the most common malapropisms in current spoken English. Examples would be mistakes like tenet/tenant, pundit/pundint, specific/pacific, etc. Does anyone know of a resource or site that lists these by frequency?
I don't know of a -frequency- sorted list of such mistakes. But:
- You may also want to consider eggcorns which are are a similar kind of error as malapropisms.
- You may want to start by listing some eggcorns, malapropisms, or other mistakes that you yourself have heard of, ie make your own list of ones you think are common, or google for a list (there are many recognized ones, you may want to pare down the list).
- Do a google search or google NGram search on such phrases including them and identical phrases but with the malapropism substituted and look at the # of google hits. For example,
This isn't perfect - you need to look at the examples it returns and multiple pages of the hits to confirm that things are being found correctly. Just putting in 'tenet' and 'tenant' isn't going to find errors, you have to give the context for the first one (which could be a lot) to force the meaning for the error.
You requested 'spoken'. That's quite a tall order. That's going to be much tougher to do than written. It's pretty tough for -any- frequency question if spoken because there's not database of all spoken utterances by everybody.
All this is to say that I don't expect there to be an easy reference for this and that you might need to create it yourself.