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  • Pot-aux-Roses, and as the rebus was then in fashion, it had for its sign-board, a post (poteau) painted rose-color.

    Les Miserables

  • 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.

  • What I find so attractive about poteau(x) rose(s) (lit. "pink pole") as an equivalent for "eggcorn" is not it is a common misspelling for pot aux roses (it isn't; the substitutions are overwhelmingly jocular, including in film and literature), but that it has undergone the double eggcornification process, just like √¶cern-acorn-eggcorn.

    languagehat.com: POT AUX ROSES.

  • If any of my Russian readers know of a Russian word or phrase that's sometimes replaced by a semantically clearer, though historically incorrect, version, like "eggcorn" for acorn or "poteau rose" for pot aux roses, please mention it in the comments.

    languagehat.com: POT AUX ROSES.

  • A portable poteau-mitan would be erected, the pole through which the gods and spirits communicate with the worshipers.

    Mission Of Honor

  • The drums ceased as suddenly as they began, and once again attention focused on the president, now standing alone by the poteau mitan, his hands cradling a weeping and terrified baby.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • The spirits arrived again, only this time riding a fire burning at the base of the poteau mitan.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Moments later the dancers reemerged from the bagi and, encouraged by steel whistles, took up marshal positions around the poteau mitan.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • As they were called, one by one men and women stepped out of rank, stood before the group, and then, following the slow, almost mournful rhythm of the prayer, moved to form a new line still facing the poteau mitan.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • Well, if you are lucky they shall only frighten you and tie you to the poteau mitan while twenty Shanpwel with knives dance around you.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

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