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#1 2008-10-31 00:09:36

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

'fatal alcohol syndrome' for 'fetal alcohol syndrome'

I wouldn’t have supposed that ‘fetal’ is a particularly esoteric word, but this substitution occurs over 20,000 times:

The Broken Cord seats the tragedy of fatal alcohol syndrome squarely in our laps and forces us to take a look.

What are the chances of my baby having fatal alcohol syndrome? I just found out today that I was 8 weeks pregnant but I have been drinking … … aby_having

Such was their commitment to these children whose condition of fatal alcohol syndrome (FAS) caused by the excessive drinking of women while there are …

Department of Pediatrics – The University of Oklahoma Health …
The Lip-Philtrum Guide is available in English and Russian translation at the Fatal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic & Prevention Network website .

There are a lot of long-term effects, but the most serious one is fatal alcohol syndrome, which is a disease caused when drinking during pregnancy.



#2 2008-11-02 01:21:27

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2551

Re: 'fatal alcohol syndrome' for 'fetal alcohol syndrome'

Good eggcorn.

There are also thousands of hits for “fatal position” in contexts that require “fetal position.” Another eggcorn, I think. The curled posture of the fetal position is one in in which people die while hunkering down to avoid a threat. Or one which people assume in order to avoid becoming a fatality.


“Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fatal position. You should too in an earthquake, it is a natural safety/survival instinct.” (Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fatal position. You should too in an earthquake, it is a natural safety/survival instinct.)

Last edited by kem (2008-11-02 01:21:59)

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