Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.


Registrations are currently closed because of a technical problem. Please send email to if you wish to register.

The forum administrator reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2005-10-31 03:11:50

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"jackal lantern" for "jack-o'-lantern"

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. … 202001.htm

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. … 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.



#2 2005-10-31 16:17:23

Chris Waigl
Eggcorn Faerie
From: London, UK
Registered: 2005-10-14
Posts: 115

Re: "jackal lantern" for "jack-o'-lantern"

Fits in nicely with the other Hallowe’en-themed ones. I’m posting it. (I passed over the “jack-off lantern” because it looked too questionable.)



Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts