Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.

Announcement

Registrations are temporarily closed as we're receiving a steady stream of registration spam.

Anyone who wishes to register, please email me at chris dot waigl at gmail dot com with the desired username and a valid email address, and I will register you manually.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2011-03-08

#1 2006-01-21 14:44:50

Brett
Member
Registered: 2006-01-21
Posts: 1

"beholding to" for "beholden to"

“These guys, they used to be Expos. They’ve been second-class citizens a long time. Owned by Major League Baseball. Playing in Puerto Rico. Now they have a home, and it’s like now they have a home and they’re going to be beholding to Peter Angelos?” <http://www.nbc4.com/tomsherwoodsnotebook/4267230/detail.html>

‘Beholden’ in the sense of indeptedness has been around since about 1390 and derives from the past participle of ‘behold’. As ‘behold’ is no longer a common word, the eggcorn seems more likely to derive from ‘hold’ as in ‘be held to account’.

Offline

 

Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts