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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2007-09-23 11:08:21

Chris Waigl
Eggcorn Faerie
From: London, UK
Registered: 2005-10-14
Posts: 115

Eggcorns and related phenomena

The deeper we dig for the roots of eggcorns, the more we get caught up in the gray areas, the maybe-eggcorns, the doesn’t-really-feel-like-eggcorns. The entire eggcorn concept is still being clarified and delimited.

Here is some reading from Language Log, if you are interested in non-eggcorns that are yet sufficiently close to be hard to distinguish from what we call eggcorns.

  1. Arnold Zwicky opens a number of illuminating paths with his post Pails and flounders .
  1. As for the Cupertino Effect, see Ben Zimmer’s illustrated article, and Ben once more on how Cupertino can put a question mark over the otherwise perfectly fine eggcorn “unkempt secrets”.



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