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Squirreling Away Eggcorns

"The linguists at Language Log have coined the word eggcorn. An eggcorn is created by speakers (or writers) who, when searching for a word the meaning and pronunciation of which they know but the etymology and the spelling of which they have forgotten or never learnt, come up with a form they contrive based on recogizable lexical items that provide the meaning they are after. Eggcorn itself is an eggcorn: Someone, somewhere didn’t quite know how to spell acorn and thought that an egg-shaped seed would most likely be called an egg corn."

from http://kastalia.free.fr/serendipity/index.php?p=22

More about eggcorns...

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news_columnists/article/0,1299,DRMN_86_3126444,00.html

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silverdee
Aug. 23rd, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
I knew you would like that one. Check out my new book icon...
weelisa
Aug. 23rd, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
I have a good example of an eggcorn - a prof once told me he couldn't figure out why a student used this phrase in an essay: "because it is a doggy dog world." Upon investigation, he found that the student had really meant, it "is a dog-eat-dog world" but that is what the student heard whenever anyone used the phrase.

This also reminds me of that joke from Friends. Joey claims something is a "moo point" - he is asked if he means "moot point" and he says, no, he means "moo point: so umimportant that even a cow wouldn't care".
silverdee
Aug. 23rd, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
That is one of my favorite lines from Joey. My husband and I use it all the time and crack each other up just like it's the first time we heard it.
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