acorn » eggcorn
Spotted in the wild:
- Even a blind squirrel will find an eggcorn once in a while. (link)
- Also I have oak trees in my pasture. My vet said my horses would be ok because they shouldn’t eat the eggcorns. (link)
- Motifs: Eggcorns and leafs (Washington County 2003 Tombstone Project, (with image))
- Are your trains on your out door railroad always derailing because of debris like leaves and egg corns on the track? (link)
- A vomit pile was also found which looked like it may have contained deer skin with hair attached , egg corns not well chewed. (link)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Mark Liberman at Language Log (Egg corns: folk etymology, malapropism, mondegreen, ???)
_Eggcorn_, at first _egg corn_, is the original eggcorn. This misspelling for _acorn_ was first [reported](itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/l…) by Mark Liberman at [Language Log](itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/l…), citing a discovery by Chris Potts, on September 23, 2003. Geoffrey Pullum [suggested](itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/l…) the term _eggcorn_ to refer to this particular kind of spontaneous malapropism.
The word _acorn_ itself may have undergone the same reshaping process, ie once have been an eggcorn. See the [American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000](www.bartleby.com/61/5/A00…):
> **ETYMOLOGY:** Middle English akorn, from Old English æcern.
> **WORD HISTORY:** A thoughtful glance at the word acorn might produce the surmise that it is made up of oak and corn, especially if we think of corn in its sense of “a kernel or seed of a plant,” as in peppercorn. The fact that others thought the word was so constituted partly accounts for the present form acorn. Here we see the workings of the process of linguistic change known as folk etymology, an alteration in form of a word or phrase so that it resembles a more familiar term mistakenly regarded as analogous. Acorn actually goes back to Old English æcern, “acorn,” which in turn goes back to the Indo-European root *g–, meaning “fruit, berry.”
This was reported by Daniel Ezra Johnson and [documented](itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/l…) by Mark Liberman.