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#1 2006-02-04 13:49:40

1gecko
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Registered: 2006-02-04
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limnal for liminal

This looks like a rare but persistent mis-spelling. Starting in 2003, I found a couple papers written by post-grads and a professor, (the latter has since acknowledged it as a inherited spelling error). Another example from the scholarly literature:
—The study of classic Maya architecture. David Webster. Latin American Research Review v32.n2 (Spring 1997): pp219(14).
“Ball courts were identified in the Maya mind with particular creation stories and sacrifice and were limnal places connecting the underworld with the earth’s surface and the heavens.”

Google produces over 50 uses in the .edu domain—just a spelling error? Or real eggcorn?

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