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#1 2008-11-29 09:49:33

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 582

"Marble(d) at" for Marvel(ed) at"

I just encountered this one for the first time. I’m not posting it to the Contribute! section because I doubt it qualifies as an eggcorn, since there’s no appropriate meaning connection as far as I can tell. Still it MBOI to some of you:

“Old-man-coyote marbled at his creation when a gust of wind made the fallen leaves circle in a whirl wind. ”

“We marbled at the cleanliness and festivity of Singapore…”

“In school today we marbled at the way Adolf Hitler took control over Germany with his outstanding speeches.”

“Occasionally I have kept revisiting the language to be marbled at the simplicity and ease of use.” (Note also the use of the passive form of the verb in this one).

“Marbled at his technique, the King asked him how he learned the technique.” (This one is notable for using the wrong verbal form, too).

Glancing through a few googled examples, it appeared to me that those who use “marbles” in this way may, on average, be less literate than most, judging from the incidence of spelling and grammatical errors in the samples I saw.

Dixon

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