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#1 2008-06-11 00:28:55

youngturck
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Registered: 2006-10-27
Posts: 7

deceased for diseased

Here’s another one from my Anthropology classes. While reading a draft today, a student consistently used the word deceased for diseased. I suppose this is a bit of a stretch but often if you are diseased, you will soon also be deceased.

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#2 2008-06-14 18:47:03

DavidTuggy
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Re: deceased for diseased

I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of this one working backwards, someone saying someone was diseased when actually they were deceased. But I don’t have it documented.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2008-06-14 20:05:06

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: deceased for diseased

Eggcorn was mentioned here before:

An Eggcorn for returning unwanted mail? by jorkel Contribute! 0 2006-08-14 08:22:41 by jorkel

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#4 2010-07-29 04:30:18

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 787

Re: deceased for diseased

DavidTuggy wrote:

I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of this one working backwards, someone saying someone was diseased when actually they were deceased. But I don’t have it documented.

Here’s your documentation, David; I just found this one in a Census Bureau document: “Both owners diseased for a long time and house has been vacant…” It took me awhile to realize that the writer meant “deceased”.

I’d say that “diseased’ and “deceased” could be a true eggcorn going in either direction because of the meaning connection between being sick and being dead. Similarly, I used to confuse “morbidity” with “mortality”.

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#5 2010-07-29 13:25:23

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
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Re: deceased for diseased

Thanks, Dixon!


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#6 2010-07-29 20:59:41

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

Re: deceased for diseased

This eggcorn, or its converse, first appears as entry #636 (dated 9/15/05) on the old comment thread:

diseased’ for ‘deceased.’ This is quite common. The phrase ‘recently diseased’ alone gets over 1,000 ghits. Examples:
She hears a moaning on the other end and a voice that sounds like her recently
diseased husband.
www.halloweenghoststories
A landlord was cleaning out the apartment of a recently diseased man and decided
to pry open an old stove before throwing it away.
coincollector.org/archive…
He was prediseased by his son, Rodger in 1980; his parents, Orval and
Georgina …
ca.geocities.com/hasenpfl…

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#7 2010-07-29 22:28:10

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1847
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Re: deceased for diseased

You guys are wonderful at documenting these things. I don’t think of these clever searches (I mean why not search for “recently diseased” —duh!—) and tend to give up after scanning a page or two of non-examples, but you pander to my laziness by checking it out! Thanks.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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