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#1 2008-09-25 04:55:27

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

'lump and proletariat' for 'lumpenproletariat'

Cute but, alas, only 5 occurrences:

He represents what it’s like to be there, among the lump and proletariat in the United States.
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/review/2677181.stm

The rich kids had their iPods, the affluent movers-and-shakers their chic Apple gear, but the lump and proletariat keyboarders had only the quaint view ...
www.lov-e.com/MacInJapan2005.html

A vocal minority they might be but the lump and proletariat within Rail Infrastructure Corporation reside within the Rail, Tram and Bus Union …
www.apesma.asn.au/newsviews/branch_indu … /AIRC1.rtf

or: lump and proletariat or: goo-goo dolls gone or: prised off.
strangewomenlyinginponds.typepad.com/strange_women_lying_in_po/2003/12/a_hat_trick_wee.html

Its because criminals make up the underclass call the lump and proletariat, who according to Marx are allies to teh Capitalist classes …
www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/lof … 31558.html

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#2 2008-09-25 05:34:46

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2116

Re: 'lump and proletariat' for 'lumpenproletariat'

Funny, funny. I found one more example at http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=510676. Here the phrase is “lump-in proletariat.” There are only about 600 ughits on the web for the acorn “lumpenproletariat”, and only about a dozen hits in COCA, so five or six unique examples of the eggcorn may represent a notable amount of confusion.

I’m surprised that people with enough sophistication to spell the word proletariat would not go the extra step and puzzle out the German connections behind “lumpen.” Perhaps spelling correctors have elevated the phenotype above the genotype.

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