peer » pier
Spotted in the wild:
- CAMCOM designs data systems, including designs of pier-to-pier, client/server, ATM, frame relay, Internet connection, and voice over data systems. (Open Source Development Labs)
- I’m using Vlans in my network as a way of preventing pier to pier communication - I only want nodes in the network to talk to the gateway (a linux box). (Global Management Systems Inc.)
- Whether you need a Windows ‘95 pier-to-pier network or a Windows NT server-workstation network, A Faster PC® can provide a network solution for you. (A Faster PC)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Jesse Clark via Mark Liberman at Language Log (Two quick eggcorns)
As with many terms from the field of computing, caution must be exercised regarding the status of non-standard spellings. In particular the community of open-source software developers is truly international, and mostly uses English as a lingua franca. This is not to say that only native speakers get to produce a true eggcorns. But it is very difficult to assess the degree of competence of a non-native speaker from reading a paragraph taken from an online discussion forum, which makes it impossible to determine what the contributing factors are that generate a particular linguistic error.
In Brighton, England, UK, and in Seattle, WA, USA, wireless networks have been set up along the waterfront. These go by the name of pier-to-pier networks as well. In which case the term is, of course, a pun.