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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Probably not a true eggcorn, though the writer of the first example below seems to see “jackal” as an adjective derived from the name “Jack.” The second writer sees the jackal-lantern as something similar to Willow-the-wisp. Over 200 ghits—most of those are the product of self-conscious wordplay, but the following don’t seem to be:The myth of Halloween began in the oldcountry hundreds of years agoas recorded a man named Jack carried a lantern, a jackal lantern around when he was not let into Heaven or hell.
Some have sighted Jackal-lantern, people in trees, and ghosts at night time. A jackal-lantern is a haunted light that will chase behind people until they hurt or kill themselves.
http://www.seedwiki.com/page.cfm?doc=Re … ikiid=1231
hoping for a haunting howl to be empty
in a jackal lantern with a recently blown out candle,
smoke escaping through one eye, that’s all.