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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Another eggcorn sent in by Jan Freeman’s readers: “furnichair” for “furniture.” (See http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas … n_ove.html for the report, http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … hp?id=3482 for my background on Freeman’s eggcorn invitation.)
“Furnichair” is a genuine eggcorn, it would seem. I can find an easy dozen examples of the error on web pages. Here are three:
Post on a pet forum: “I take them outside for the bathroom time several times a day and after buying a new couch and love seat decided to invest in furnichair covers.” (http://pets.yourajc.com/2008/01/22/is-y … -friendly/)
Game forum post: “The first one was when I was just new to puzzle pirates, my ‘friend’ had me as roomie and I had all my furnichair in his house. Well he kicked me out of his house. Unfortunatly I didn’t know how to get my furnichair back at the time.” (http://forums.puzzlepirates.com/communi … ?p=1033919)
Forum post on how to find a snake loose in the house: “In the evening (when snakes like to be out and about) put plastic carrier bags at points around the edge of the room and in corners, around furnichair and some in the middle of the room, then turn the light out and sit still quietly” (http://www.todaysmodernwoman.com/Reptiles/117510.htm)
“Furnichair” appeals to chairs as symbol for all types of house moveables in the same way that “pedestool” (http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/297/pedastool/) points to stools as generic supporters of objects.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.