Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
You are not logged in.
Registrations were closed for a long time because of forum spam, but I have re-opened them on a trial basis.
The forum administrator (chris dot waigl at gmail dot com) reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.
Thanks for your understanding.
Chris -- 2015-05-30
One piece of low hanging fruit that we do not seem to have picked yet: the confusion about how to spell “succubus.”
I was thinking this morning about succubi (don’t ask), and it occurred to me that the word was ripe for substitution. I checked the web and, sure enough, numerous references to “suckubi” turned up. Since a succubus is a sexual vampire who preys on men while they sleep, “sucking” the life from them, substituting “suck” for the Latin prefix “sub” (sub/under+cubus/lie=succubus/lie under) was perhaps inevitable.
I’ve listed below a few web citations of this substitutions. Can’t really recommend typing “suckubus” into an internet search engine-the pages that turn up are less than wholesome. I took one for the team.
On a Ghanaian discussion board: ”[Barack] neede to do it..cos of that suckubus named hilary..she acts as if she is intelligent….” (http://discussions.ghanaweb.com/viewtop … 9ba762f7bf)
Fantasy baseball bulletin board: “Your an suckubus, yes the most evil type of woman there is. ” (http://forums.sportingnews.com/viewtopi … 84&start=5)
Myspace group: ”[X] told me that she was and still is a suckubus. So watch out…cuz she will destroy you. ” (http://tinyurl.com/5zvwm4)
Blog comment on Condi Rice: “no I think it is for her being a blood thirsty suckubus. I don’t think her gender came into consideration” (http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/09/1 … r-a-visit/)
Blog comment: “My wife has two friends right now that have her ‘lo-jacked’. They call her up and the first thing is ‘where you at?’ Which is extremely annoying to say the least. One is a suckubus and the other is a user” (http://pt8.blogspot.com/2005_08_21_archive.html)
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.
This is kinda scary. I was sitting here writing about—among other things—succubi, when I decided to check the Eggcorns website for a break. And there at the top is the latest entry: Kem’s “suckubi.” (Yes, definitely low-hanging fruit in my opinion.)
I can’t decide whether that’s a good omen or a very bad one.