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#1 2007-12-15 06:53:52

klakritz
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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.
books.google.com/books?isbn=3540679650

Sure, Polar Bears rest on ice flows…
www.newsbusters.org/.../noel-sheppard/2 … 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 …
www.responsibletravel.com/Trip/Trip900948.htm

Orca’s prey on polar bears during their open sea migration between ice flows.
www-personal.umich.edu/~ahrensk/arcticwildlife.html

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! www.pjandbeth.com/v-web/portal/78/modul … cle&sid=80

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#2 2007-12-15 09:11:52

zak
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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.

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#3 2012-10-01 21:50:22

larrybob
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Registered: 2007-12-27
Posts: 91

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…”

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#4 2012-12-29 19:54:47

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 915

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.
http://journals.democraticunderground.com/AZBlue

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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