intolerant » and tolerant
Spotted in the wild:
- Oh. i love Cold Stone Creamery! Sad thing is I can’t really have much of the ice cream there anymore since I am lactose and tolerant. (CMC Central forum, Aug 19, 2005)
- Milk and string cheese, that’s all im going to eat from now on. Till I get lack toast and tolerant. (Dream Views forum, Aug 13, 2005)
- ya thats disgusting man i cant believe you your lack toast and tolerant thats an early sign of homosexuality which im notsok with. (Teen Sexuality forum, Sep. 11, 2003)
- I am trying several different medicines to try to control that and they think that I might be lactose and tolerant, after 13 years of worshiping milk. (link)
Analyzed or reported by:
- Michael Quinion (for the double eggcorn "lack toast and tolerant") (World Wide Words newsletter, August 20, 2005, citing Michael McKernan)
As far as I have been able to determine, _and tolerant_ instead of _intolerant_ only occurs in cases where the writer is aiming for _lactose intolerant_ (in whichever spelling).
Strangely, even for the second most common medical term of the form “X intolerant”, _gluten intolerant_, the substitution doesn’t happen. An extrapolation of search engine hit counts for _lactose intolerant_, _lactose and tolerant_ and _gluten intolerant_ led me to expect about a dozen occurrences of _gluten and tolerant_. Considering that _in tolerant_ changes the meaning of _intolerant_ to its opposite, I wonder if the reshaping becomes more likely with increasing obscurity of the modifying noun, and if some writers believe that _lactose_ is an adjective, maybe related to _comatose_.
For further discussion of on the double eggcorn _lack toast and tolerant_ see the entry _lactose » lack toast_.
[An email discussion with Arnold Zwicky helped clear up this reshaping.]