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Chris -- 2011-03-08
1,770,000 ghits can’t be wrong…. :-) Could this be “nearly mainstream”?
Surely not an eggcorn but a spelling that has been very widely adopted. There is even a roomate.com (see below).
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Feeling quite combobulated.
It might be an interesting exercise to compare the Google hits of misspelled variants of words to the correct spelling. I suppose the ratio of the two—or the percentage of all spellings—is the important measure …rather than the total number.
I just wanted to toss out a few. Perhaps we should initially set the bar at 10% and invite people to submit their own findings on other words. We can gradually raise the cutoff if need be. It would be curious to see whats in the top ten.
Weird/wierd just barely slips in under the wire:
Weird: 97.7 million
Wierd: 9.79 mil
Their/thier didn’t come close to qualifying—even with help from the surname Thier.