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#1 2008-06-01 23:23:30

wizofaus
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Registered: 2006-11-28
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W(h)itter on/away

Googling for “w(h)itter(ing|ed) away the” suggests that this is moderately common eggcorn for “whittle away”, with various examples of the form

“w(h)itter away the time|hours|afternoon|day” or “wittering away at the work”

“Witter away” itself is actually very common, but is simply a variation of “witter” or “witter on”.

Note the dictionaries I could find only listed “witter” as being spelled without the h. Most online dictionaries don’t list it at all.

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