throes » throngs

Chiefly in:   throngs of passion

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “I don’t know, it [the artist’s penis] seems to be somewhat smaller than the sketches.” She noted. “But then again it is only semi-erect and you’ve drawn it in the throngs of passion.” (link)
  • “… and this shock is driven home when Harry suffers from a heart attack in the throngs of passion with Marin. …” (link)
  • “You’re hoping to apprehend a few suspects. And if in the throngs of passion, you make a few promises you don’t intend to keep…plead the Fifth.” (link)

Analyzed or reported by:

  • Neil Crawford (ADS-L, 23 May 2005)

The first cite is from Crawford in ADS-L, the others from the 56 that turned up on a Google web search on 23 May 2005. From the semantic point of view, “throngs” is an even better replacement for “throes” than “throws” (q.v.), though it’s imperfect phonologically.

| link | entered by Arnold Zwicky, 2005/05/23 |


  1. 1

    Commentary by M , 2005/06/14 at 8:59 pm

    “throngs of passion” inspired me to Google “thongs of passion.” Try it yourself. Some are deliberate, but are they all?

  2. 2

    Commentary by John Cowan , 2006/06/09 at 2:46 pm

    I ran into “thrones of passion”, but Google finds only a few hits. Perhaps an eggcorn in the making.

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