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#1 2008-11-01 17:18:20

Craig C Clarke
Registered: 2005-11-18
Posts: 233

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.



#2 2008-11-02 01:01:06

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2725

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.



#3 2008-11-02 18:57:26

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

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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