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#1 2008-11-01 17:18:20

Craig C Clarke
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bunker down for hunker down

Bajillions of ghits.

A bunker is a place you hunker down in to protect yourself, so I think it’s pretty clear how the substitution came about.

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#2 2008-11-02 01:01:06

kem
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Re: bunker down for hunker down

I suspect that the transformation of “hunker down” to “bunker down” is influenced by the colloquial phrase “bunk down,” meaning to go to bed.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#3 2008-11-02 18:57:26

patschwieterman
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Re: bunker down for hunker down

Ken posted this back in 2005 with links to a Jan Freeman article—I think it also showed up on LL.

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