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Chris -- 2015-05-30
when passing a very elderly driver in the middle lane of the M5 I decide he was a” Motorisk” . Is this an eggcorn?
It’s amusing, but it’s a pun—a self-conscious bit of wordplay—so it can’t be an eggcorn, at least in your case. (Something that’s a pun for one person can, weirdly enough, be an eggcorn for someone else.) A word or phrase can be a true eggcorn only if the speaker sincerely believes the usage to be a standard one.
And I think it’s probably unlikely that anyone believes “motorisk” is the true form of the word.