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#1 2005-10-31 08:11:50

patschwieterman
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From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
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"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.
http://thompson-art.com/Journals2001/Oc … 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.
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.
http://www.immersioncts.com/blogger.html

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#2 2005-10-31 21:17:23

Chris Waigl
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From: London, UK
Registered: 2005-10-14
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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.)

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