Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
First saw it here:
google searching for “fiercesome” reveals some cases where it seems to be intentional:
Other cases seem… less intentional:
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!”
For my money, the NZ sand fly is the meanest most fiercesome predator on the globe.
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.
Penthesilea, fiercesome and beautiful, succeeds in routing the Greeks until
Achilles rises from the ranks to slay her.
Libertarians think as the founders did, that we need some government, but, like
fire, government is a dangerous servant and a fiercesome master.
Clear Plastic Cups … Not a terribly fiercesome weapon but considering they’ve banned nail-clippers, still capable of causing some harm.