shoo » shoe
Spotted in the wild:
- A month or so back, when it seemed that Mahmoud Abbas was a shoe in for the leadership of the Palestinians, I opined that based on some comments he’d made (which seemed to support terrorism and terrorists) I wasn’t at all sure there’d be much of a change in the Palestinian/Israeli situtation. (link)
- Eagles are a shoe-in to host NFC Championship (Gloucester County Times, January 16, 2005)
- WE’VE been expecting you, Mr Scott. Dougray Scott, the fridge salesman’s son from Glenrothes, was widely considered a shoe-in for the role of James Bond, and even bookmakers had closed betting on the issue. (Scotland on Sunday, 6 Feb 2005)
- Indeed, even sometime critic Donna Brazile, who ran Al Gore’s campaign, was saying on CNN Friday that Dean is practically a shoe-in. (newsday.com, February 8, 2005)
This eggcorn is very common in journalistic writing, but the occurrences tend to be caught later on.