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#1 2009-02-02 17:16:54

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

'wailed up' for 'welled up'

Not too common, but wailing often accompanies tears.

Zell’s baby blue eyes wailed up in tears.

Tears wailed up in Kaire’s eyes but she didn’t let then flow free this time.

I started to choke as tears wailed up in my eyes. … woichigo10

When I saw this sketch on SNL this weekend I wailed up with tears.

Her eyes blazed dark … The memory of Godfrey wanting to take her child wailed up like a storm …



#2 2009-12-31 16:13:35

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1558

Re: 'wailed up' for 'welled up'

Good one. Here’s another version—whaled up—that presents a equally striking image. In all the examples I found whale up seems to refer to the eye or the heart surfacing amid tears. (4 legit ghits)

Through the pain of my throat, the tubes in my nose, I found a sweeter more bitter pain as my eyes whaled up with tears.
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When I saw all the kids in their uniform my heart swelled and then whaled up with tears what a priceless moments still brings tears to my eyes.
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Edit: Other ocular fawna: tears wheeled up and willed up. These look part eggcorn, part what Joe Krozel referred to as “foggy-recollector scenario in which a new vivid image is produced which is like-sounding enough” (link). I’d like to believe they are viable eggcorns because the images are very vivid. (respectably, 24 and 28 legit ghits, respectively)

Tears wheeled up in my eyes and I almost fell to the ground.
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I had tears wheeled up in my eyes, as I turned to face him.

The first thing when I walk in the door her eyes wheeled up with tears
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Big tears willed up in my eyes and rolled down my face.

His wonderful voice echoed around the room and Franky’s eyes willed up with tears
( … attoos/26/)

Last edited by David Bird (2010-01-01 20:59:30)



#3 2012-10-29 14:09:40

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: 'wailed up' for 'welled up'

Fan fics are an eggcornista’s treasure grove. With all the heated emotions spilling out there, it’s no wonder that eyes are welded with tears.



#4 2012-10-30 00:58:13

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2598

Re: 'wailed up' for 'welled up'

Eyes welded up with tears. Super reimaging.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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