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#1 2007-12-15 01:53:52

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

'ice flow' for 'ice floe'

An ice floe is a large chunk or layer of floating sea ice. Since ice both flows and floats, I’d assumed that ‘floe’ shared its ancestry with one of those 2 words. In fact, or at least according to my dictionary, it’s from Old Norse and unrelated to either. So this one escapes the eggcorn-cancellling phenomenon of shared derivation. Examples:

According to ice shelf thickness, the main ice flows are restricted to the eastem and western parts of the sea.

Sure, Polar Bears rest on ice flows… … ore-histor

As summer arrives in this area, the ice flows recede so that by the end of May we can gain access by sea …

Orca’s prey on polar bears during their open sea migration between ice flows.

We went to the sea at Mombetsu to see the ice flows and the seals. Lucky us we got to see both in their natural habitat! … cle&sid=80



#2 2007-12-15 04:11:52

Registered: 2007-12-14
Posts: 7

Re: 'ice flow' for 'ice floe'

Good find, though there are already some figures of speech in the database involving flow/floe. Another one wouldn’t hurt.



#3 2012-10-01 17:50:22

Registered: 2007-12-26
Posts: 95

Re: 'ice flow' for 'ice floe'

There are also examples of people mistakenly using “lava floe” instead of “lava flow.”
Mt. St. Helens newspaper headline: “Molten Rock Rebuilds Lava Floe in Volcano”

Parks website “One of the truly unique features of this trail is actually walking on top of the toe of a lava floe created about 10,000 years ago…”



#4 2012-12-29 14:54:47

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: 'ice flow' for 'ice floe'

Ken didn’t pursue his chain of thought to ice float, so I’ve added it here.

It is one of a group of nine to have plunged into the ocean after the ice float they lived on melted.

In non-rhotic India, a thoughtful editor has perhaps made a correction to ice floors.

Walruses feed on clams and other bottom-dwelling creatures in the shallower waters along the coasts and usually rest on ice floors between meals.
Times of India



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