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#1 2007-10-31 23:37:49

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'legible' for 'eligible'

I wouldn’t describe ‘eligible’ as an arcane or obsolescent word, but perhaps it has one syllable too many. For whatever reason, this substitution is fairly common, if dubious as an eggcorn:

Legible bachelor and social gadabout Leg Delabor has seen ‘Juwanna Mann’ 2 times since it opened June 21st.

Percy Crookshank was voted time magazines most legible bachelor of the year (2007), and, 3rd time winner of Women’s Weeklies ‘finest eye candy’ of the year …

he’s the sexiest man alive aside from being the most legible bachelor in hollywood. – 86k

For issuance of ID card, Medicare Card must be presented on or after the effective date of Medicare legibility. … 13-088.doc

Financial Aid won’t pay for online courses- Not true, if you are legible for financial aid, and you are enrolled in a legitimate school … … urses.html

Tutorial fellows of the University of Nairobi are also legible to enroll into the post graduate program. … ac_code=61



#2 2007-11-09 12:04:18

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: 'legible' for 'eligible'

I wonder if the Cupertino effect is at play here. Does a spellchecker correct “elgible” as “eligible” or “legible”?



#3 2007-11-09 23:32:35

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

Re: 'legible' for 'eligible'

My spellchecker gives “legible” as a possible substitution for “elgible,” but it’s only the second choice; “eligible” is first. On the other hand, if you leave off the initial “e-” and write “ligible,” you do indeed get “legible” as the first suggestion. I don’t know how likely that scenario is.



#4 2011-02-26 04:52:24

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1865

Re: 'legible' for 'eligible'

I wonder if there isn’t some influence from legitimate blended in here.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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