dawn » dong
Spotted in the wild:
Analyzed or reported by:
- Mark Liberman (Language Log, 9 August 2006:)
Liberman gives 14 examples from the net, and comments:
An “oops” page notes this as one of those cases where someone has “taken a common phrase or word and mutilated it”. The discussion highlights the poetic force of such mistakes:
The funny thing about this was that it was a former neighbor of mine whose name was Dawn. Putting aside the fact that she wasn’t the brightest beam shining through the window, I think she hit on something here. I mean, when something dawns on us, isn’t it often like a “DONG!” on the head?!?
Nice justification for the eggcorn.