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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2007-01-02 10:00:38

Registered: 2007-01-02
Posts: 3

"misconscrewed" for "misconstrued"

As in, “He totally misconscrewed my words. He missed my point.”



#2 2015-05-15 10:44:05

Registered: 2006-08-09
Posts: 49

Re: "misconscrewed" for "misconstrued"

Aw… I thought I had a new one. A student writes: “I do agree that gender roles do get misconscrewed at times….” Too perfect.



#3 2015-05-18 09:09:13

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2265

Re: "misconscrewed" for "misconstrued"

Possibly an eggplant, with punnish origins.

In a Language Log discussion, one commentator cites another perpetrator: “About 40 years ago, I knew a guy who said ‘misconscrewed’ all the time. It wasn’t a slip of the tongue or a deliberate attempt to be funny–he thought that was the actual word.”



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