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#1 2008-07-04 02:21:34

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

revisitism for recidivism

Uncommon but definitely eggcornish. Examples:

The revisitism rate is so high that it is obvious that jail is not rehabilitation. – 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 … … 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.



#2 2008-07-04 12:04:19

Registered: 2007-03-21
Posts: 291

Re: revisitism for recidivism

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.



#3 2008-07-05 15:27:54

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2578

Re: revisitism for recidivism

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” ( … -laws.html)

A definition on a gaming board: “1.Recedivism : The behaviour of habitual criminal.” ( … 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.” ( … 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: … 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%” (

The writer here uses the verb “recede” to refer to returning to prison.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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