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  • n. Plural form of eggcorn.

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Examples

  • Lane's review of The Expendables, … Read moreCould that famously well-edited publication be the source of one of those sporadic folk-etymologies that we call eggcorns?

    Language Log

  • Could that famously well-edited publication be the source of one of those sporadic folk-etymologies that we call eggcorns?

    Language Log

  • - cached Could that famously well-edited publication be the source of one of those sporadic folk-etymologies that we call eggcorns?

    Language Log

  • Language geeks have given the name eggcorns to usages of this kind — “spontaneous reshapings of known expressions” which seem to make sense.

    Word Court

  • Belatedly catching up with last week's The Week, my attention was caught by a little filler on "eggcorns", via the Guardian.

    Communication

  • Some of the incorrectitudes I correctituded in Strunk & Light are actually "eggcorns": homonyms or close-to-homonyms of the real expression which are substituted for the real expression because they kinda make sense.

    Eggcorns

  • Here she lists a number of words and phrases that are known in some circles as "eggcorns" and whose misuse drives me nuts as well.

    Pen-Elayne on the Web

  • Two: a few days ago was the first anniversary of linguist Geoff Pullum's coining of the term 'eggcorns', a particular kind of malapropism that appears linguistically significant because it involves a switch to a wrong, but logical, alternative that is rapidly and widely assimilated into general language.

    Doing the tell

  • The Linguistics weblog Language Log frequently comments on "eggcorns": a type of language mutation where words or phrases drift into similar ones by commonplace usage, such as "acorns" becoming "eggcorns".

    Archive 2004-07-01

  • It's apparently often misunderstood as "poteau rose," so Chris Waigl of serendipity is using poteaux roses as a French equivalent of "eggcorns" first sighted here for the purposes of her eggcorn database.

    languagehat.com: POT AUX ROSES.

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