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Chris -- 2018-04-11
Just stumbled upon this one, and searching google for the phrase “on the duke box” turns up a bunch more. (Googling that whole phrase in quotation marks weeds out a lot of misses and puns)
I guess it’s not an eggcorn, since I can’t figure out what people think “duke” could mean in this context, but then again duke is a more familiar word than juke, and juke seemingly makes even less sense.
I wondered whether ‘dukes’ meaning ‘hands’ might have something to do with it, but only briefly. It might be a bit of hyper-correction I suppose, as the ‘j’ sound seems easier to commence words with than the ‘d’ – juress (duress) has 29 ghits, juality 637 and jubious 1,970 for example. (One of the first songs I ever heard on a juke box went, “Dook of Earl, dook dook, Dook of Earl…” and that made no sense either. Still doesn’t.)