Definitions

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  • noun plural Miscellaneous items, remnants, or pieces.

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  • noun idiomatic Miscellaneous things.

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  • noun a motley assortment of things

Etymologies

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From an dialectal corruption of ords and ends ("points and endings" or "beginnings and ends"). More at ord, end.

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  • Someone in my department created a common drive folder titled "Odds and Ins." I chuckled. What word is used to describe those misinterpretations? I find them so very entertaining.

    July 11, 2011

  • Eggcorn.

    July 12, 2011