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#1 2007-10-19 15:57:19

sigmet
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"formally" for "formerly"

I see this all the time here in New England. The word “formerly” is generally pronounced “foahmally” since the locals are saving their “R’s” for a rainy day.

You’ll see an announcement that “Sue Johnson, formally of Hair Visions, is now working at Hair Concepts.”

So I’m always confused – is she moonlighting at Visions but “formally” (officially) works at Concepts, or did she move?

Not sure if this is an eggcorn or just a mispronunciation.

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#2 2011-09-26 11:27:52

kem
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Re: "formally" for "formerly"

I came across the “formally << formerly” substitution in a recent email. It is everywhere on the web. Hard to know if the semantics of “formally” play any role in the switch.


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#3 2016-08-10 03:30:58

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
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Re: "formally" for "formerly"

Just to chime in, here’s the example I stumbled upon recently:

...this album was produced by Ten Wheel Drive’s Genya Ravan (formally of one of the first all-girl bands ever, Goldie and The Gingerbreads–real name: Goldie Zelkowitz).
music discussion

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#4 2017-12-10 18:12:42

burred
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From: Montreal
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Re: "formally" for "formerly"

Formally for formerly makes sense in this context:

The Artist Formally Known As Prince
Prince was an artist. No single sect of art or genre could contain him.
http://forwardtimes.com/tag/the-artist- … as-prince/

“The artist formally known as X” has reached snowclone proportions.

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#5 2017-12-11 14:07:45

yanogator
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From: Ohio
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Re: "formally" for "formerly"

burred wrote:

Formally for formerly makes sense in this context:

The Artist Formally Known As Prince
Prince was an artist. No single sect of art or genre could contain him.
http://forwardtimes.com/tag/the-artist- … as-prince/

“The artist formally known as X” has reached snowclone proportions.

Except that he was formally known by that weird symbol instead of a name. He was informally known, and formerly known as Prince.


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#6 2017-12-11 18:08:23

burred
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Re: "formally" for "formerly"

Yanogator wrote:

Except that he was formally known by that weird symbol instead of a name. He was informally known, and formerly known as Prince.

I thought you had me there, Bruce. A little deep background digging (that is, going straight to Wikipedia) reveals that, after 2000, Prince could be called the artist formerly formally known as .

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