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#1 2008-05-25 01:07:55

sammka
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Registered: 2008-05-25
Posts: 2

Fearsome->Fiercesome

First saw it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO5soX3iLtk

google searching for “fiercesome” reveals some cases where it seems to be intentional:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.p … fiercesome

Other cases seem… less intentional:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index … iPZ&show=7

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#2 2008-05-25 05:19:13

patschwieterman
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Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: Fearsome->Fiercesome

Welcome to the forum, sammka.

This is a favorite of mine. It was first posted by Ken Lakritz in July, 2005. Here’s Ken’s post, smooshed:

# 487 Commentary by Ken Lakritz , 2005/07/18 at 10:32 pm
‘fiercesome’ for ‘fearsome. Very eggcornish, since fierce creatures inspire fear, and very common- over 5,000 ghits. Notice that while most eggcorns involve omitting or swallowing a consonant, this eggcorn adds one, at least if carefully pronounced. Examples:
“It’s quite a fiercesome troll!” the shadowmaker tells the children gathered in
the theatre “And you should all feel quite upset by it!”
neilgaimanboard.com/eve/u…
For my money, the NZ sand fly is the meanest most fiercesome predator on the globe.
www.kayakforum.com/cgi-bi…
Goddess Tara … she is depicted as one of the eight major aspects of the Divine Feminine Principle, a loving manifestation in contrast to the fiercesome Kali.
www.crystalinks.com/tara….
Penthesilea, fiercesome and beautiful, succeeds in routing the Greeks until
Achilles rises from the ranks to slay her.
www.alessonislearned.com/…
Libertarians think as the founders did, that we need some government, but, like
fire, government is a dangerous servant and a fiercesome master.
www.gothamist.com/archive…
Clear Plastic Cups … Not a terribly fiercesome weapon but considering they’ve banned nail-clippers, still capable of causing some harm.
blogs.msdn.com/ptorr/arch…

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#3 2008-05-25 10:20:07

sammka
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Registered: 2008-05-25
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Re: Fearsome->Fiercesome

Those are great examples! Sorry, I forgot to search the forum… only searched the blog. Sorry for the repeat.

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