Sunday, December 18, 2016

I am an Eggcorn!

Yes, that's me - the nutty intellectual egghead! My Cyber-Friend who goes by the title "The Big Henry" alerted me to this sort of linguistic error in which one word is misheard as a different word or combination of words. This kind of error is exemplified in the word "eggcorn," apparently how one woman misheard the word "acorn"! Her word "eggcorn" is now the label for errors of this sort.



At 4:11 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

Thanx for the h/t, HJH.

A minor quibble: TheBigHenry (single proper noun without spaces) is my nickname not my "title". How I acquired this nickname is an interesting story IMHO. You can read it here.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Apologies on that. I'll try to remember better next time. I had read the origin of your nickname, but thanks for the reminder.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:30 AM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

Originally the Germans wanted to call their air-launched high-aspect-ratio-wing glide bomb the Eggcorn, but at the last minute they changed it to

(Trigger warning: FAKE HISTORY!)

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

An airplane that mates with wolves?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:29 PM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

An airplane mating with a wolf would procreate a flying fox perhaps?

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Maybe even a flying desert fox?

Jeffery Hodges

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