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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Uncommon but definitely eggcornish. Examples:
The revisitism rate is so high that it is obvious that jail is not rehabilitation.
smashboards.com/showthread.php?p=3577596 – 110k
Then what you run into is the “I’m fine, I don’t need this med” mentality, so the revisitism rate in the mental health field for people with serious illness …
www.livejournal.com/go.bml?journal=burn … 3&dir=prev
Question: Do you know the revisitism rate? Under Secretary Hutchinson: I think we have some preliminary numbers that we’ll get for you.
You can’t force people to do anything, and the revisitism rates of the world’s jails prove this.
This has definite potential – the idea of “visiting the (prison / hospital / what have you) again” makes sense.
My first reaction was that revisit doesn’t sound that similar to recidivism, but then it occurred to me that this might be a sort of metathesis. The sounds are all there, but one must scramble the order of the middle syllables.
Not as funny, but also a possible eggcorn, is the word “recedivism.” There are half a thousand ghits for the word. Samples:
A blog header: “But notification laws don’t lower recedivism rates by sex offenders” (http://savannahred.blogspot.com/2007/09 … -laws.html)
A definition on a gaming board: “1.Recedivism : The behaviour of habitual criminal.” (http://www.pagalguy.com/forum/english-r … e-256.html)
A summary of a report, summary on the National Center for State Courts web site: “The document proceeds to outline the optimal means by which these programs have been and may be placed into society as a means of curbing recedivism.” (http://www.ncsconline.org/WC/CourTopics … pic=ImpDri)
Presumably some of these are just misspellings of recidivism. But the root word “recede” might be influencing a number of these slips. The person returning to jail “recedes,” they might be thinking, from free society. In favor of this influence might be this site: http://www.sexualoffenders.com/show/min … istry.html . The person writes “recedism,” leaving out a syllable and making the word sound more like recede. Also, note this site:
“The results show that recedivism increases as time passes with rapists ranging from 7%-30% recedivism rate. Child molesters are more likely to recede with rates as high as 40%” (http://prisontalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2167479)
The writer here uses the verb “recede” to refer to returning to prison.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.