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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2008-04-29 17:07:06

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1104

Househole/ Household

Did you know that Arnold drives his hummer to his LA “househole”? Does that means the big square hole in his garage? If he keeps his house neat, is it still a househole?
(original at

Looking around, I discovered that if he lived in Provo, Utah, he might get effective cleaning service from the “Strong Househole Cleaning” company: … fr=&lcscb=

That way he might avoid the painful consequences of “househole mold”:



#2 2008-04-29 18:54:11

Registered: 2007-03-21
Posts: 291

Re: Househole/ Household

I thought that this might be a typo, but there are some 9,000 raw Google hits for “househole,” compared to about 116 million for “household.” It seems like a reshaping. Is it an eggcorn? Maybe there’s some chain of association from warren/den > hole > house?

There are, by the way, three or four loosely related threads in the Forum, but none seem to be quite this one.

HOLED up (holed) [2006-11-09 16:25:59] … hp?id=1271

hold (holed) up [2007-12-02 16:16:23] … hp?id=2329

beholding to for beholden to

And patschwieterman notes, “And the ‘hold’ of a ship – from ‘hole’ – also seems like it was a probably an unconscious change,” in this discussion:
Folk etymology … hp?id=1871



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