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#1 2007-03-05 06:19:58

Craig C Clarke
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Registered: 2005-11-19
Posts: 232
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tug-a-war for tug-of-war

All over the net… 31,700 ghits.
Maybe sorta eggcornish, people may think that they are engaging in “tugging a war,” or something… but somehow the substitution of a one-letter word for a two-letter word makes it all feel too slight to be definitive. People may just be spelling out the “lazy” way of pronouncing it.

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#2 2007-03-06 17:21:25

Peter Forster
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Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 809

Re: tug-a-war for tug-of-war

Two teams of ‘tuggers’ have a ‘war’ by pulling their respective ends of the rope. I idly wondered whether anyone might think it was a “tugger war”. Oh yes…300 googlehits:

“There are all sorts of games to play and last year the big event was the tugger war.” I can’t get it through his head that the game is called tug-o-war. ...
mike.reed.org/mam21.htm – 39k – Cached

Toys I Like:, she likes to play tugger war with a tugger war rope. I Eat:, She eats dog food and she likes the bones that have characters from scooby do on …
me.com/krissy59/Annie/ – 26k – Supplemental Result – Cached

The college has an annual tugger war festival, and the losers get pulled into a mud pit—complete with rocks, glass, and who knows what else. ...
www.ericandleslie.com/forum/viewtopic.p … 6&start=15 – 79k – Supplemental Result – Cached

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#3 2007-03-26 04:46:37

Craig C Clarke
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Re: tug-a-war for tug-of-war

Peter Forster wrote:

Two teams of ‘tuggers’ have a ‘war’ by pulling their respective ends of the rope. I idly wondered whether anyone might think it was a “tugger war”. Oh yes…300 googlehits:

“There are all sorts of games to play and last year the big event was the tugger war.” I can’t get it through his head that the game is called tug-o-war. ...
mike.reed.org/mam21.htm – 39k – Cached

Toys I Like:, she likes to play tugger war with a tugger war rope. I Eat:, She eats dog food and she likes the bones that have characters from scooby do on …
me.com/krissy59/Annie/ – 26k – Supplemental Result – Cached

The college has an annual tugger war festival, and the losers get pulled into a mud pit—complete with rocks, glass, and who knows what else. ...
www.ericandleslie.com/forum/viewtopic.p … 6&start=15 – 79k – Supplemental Result – Cached

Well, though mine may not be an eggcorn, yours certainly is. Good find!

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