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#1 2008-07-16 03:37:59

Ntsimp
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From: Utah
Registered: 2007-11-27
Posts: 10

carry favor << curry favor

Because everyone knows “curry” is a noun, not a verb.

“Carry favor” gets some false positives, but “carry favor with” gets 456 Google hits, and “carry favour with” 821, which look pretty genuine.

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#2 2008-07-16 05:18:26

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2143

Re: carry favor << curry favor

We’ve had a couple o posts on “curry flavor:”

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … hp?id=1631
http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … hp?id=2641

This is the first mention, I think, of “carry favor.” Seems like it might be an eggcorn.

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#3 2008-07-17 15:36:40

Ntsimp
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Re: carry favor << curry favor

I can’t find it listed as a standard variant in any dictionary, but people have been making
this particular reshaping for a while.

Here it is in a 1799 book at Google Books.

This 1912 New York Times article uses it, oddly enough, in a story about horse-racing.
I would have thought the word “curry” would be better known in that context.

Finally, here’s another Google Books one, from a 2003 book.

So it’s made its way into print a number of times, and I guess some copyeditors see nothing wrong with it.

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#4 2013-03-12 15:47:23

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
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Re: carry favor << curry favor

“Courage favor” for “curry favor” may also be possible. I can’t find an example on the web, though, that isn’t in a transcript. The expanded “encourage favour,” however, does serve as an occasional replacement for “curry favor.”

Magazine interview with Sinéad O’Connor: “I can’t start living my life for the media or to encourage favor with everybody.”

Game instructions: “You may build a large army and encourage favor with the generals by paying them well (perhaps even the occasional bri…err… bonus).”

Web fiction: “ I have transcended the need for wealth and power by donating my savings to the Mahariji’s trust and don’t feel the need to encourage favour with my superiors.”

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