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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2007-07-23 22:48:31

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"deturn" for "deter"

“Deturn” for “detour” turned out to be weirdly complex. But while on the trail of that reshaping, I happened upon a different and less ambiguous eggcorn – “deturn” being used for “deter.” “Deter” comes from the same root as “terrify” – the idea is that when you deter someone from doing something, you scare them away from that idea. But “deturn” works well in the same context: you turn someone away from doing the undesirable thing. A few dozen hits. Examples:

I’ve heard that most modern cellulose is treated with borax to deturn
fire and insects. … 294&page=3

We just donated 2 service Puppies last week, they were 2500.00 each and so I dont say this just to deturn you from getting a puppy from a shelter or rescue… … 799~2.aspx

First, you can talk to your child about it… or you can put things on the thumb to deturn them from wanting to suck on it… Such as really hot sause or soap. … 303AA58OxG

The fact that he is easily 15 feet tall seems not to deturn him from the look of a curious and loving panther kitty..

Anyway, my advice is to focus on making it as time-consuming as possible just to deturn stupid thieves…they generally go for the easy targets. … 3527f14575

And my favorite is this fan’s transcription of a scene in an Ally McBeal episode; “deterrent” becomes “deturn”:

Ally, trust me, knowing you is not a deturn to loving you.



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