mores » morays
Spotted in the wild:
- A distinction must be made between social morays (the ethics that prevail by means of the unwritten code of social contract at any point in a given civilization) and criminal law. (Shaksper.net)
- This ad is suggestive that men are dogs, are not worthy of wearing clothing and need to be tied to a woman who has the power. It also suggests that a woman can have more than one man. Both of these points contravene the social morays that are part of today’s society and involves discrimination of men as a lesser sex rather than as an equal. (Wilson's Almanac)
- The consequence was social uproar as new people entered the site on a whim after stumbling on long-dead threads and posted without reading FAQs or without knowing the complex set of social morays that the board requires. (Anil Dash)
- Buñuel and Dali are thumbing their respective noses at every conceivable social moray and value. (DVDBeaver.com)
- Though its setting is modern, the wry sensibility and gimlet-eyed deconstruction of social morays put SNOBS firmly in the tradition of Jane Austen, E.F. Benson (especially the “Lucia” series) and Anthony Trollope. (AOL Bookreporter)
- Most porn is not taboo Sevenblu…it is more of a social moray. (link)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Laurence Horn via Arnold Zwicky at Language Log (Still on the eggcorn beet)
Gymnothorax mordax, the California moray, is not a particularly social animal; still, it entertains a mutualistic relationship with the red rock shrimp, Lysmata claifornica.
The semantics in this case is rather unclear. Presumably, the original meaning of _mores_ has been obscured to the point that the only quasi-homophonous word available takes up the free spot. An influence of spell checkers, however, cannot be excluded.
The singular form is a backformation.