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#1 2009-03-09 02:21:07

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1282

"breach" for "broach"

FWIW, from a chat-room discussion: “I appreciate this post for breaching the topic.”

I’ve seen this one before. Probably not an eggcorn; I don’t think there’s sufficient meaning-connection. Amusing anyway.

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#2 2015-12-21 06:24:33

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1282

Re: "breach" for "broach"

Dixon Wragg wrote:

FWIW, from a chat-room discussion: “I appreciate this post for breaching the topic.”
I’ve seen this one before. Probably not an eggcorn; I don’t think there’s sufficient meaning-connection.

Hold the presses! I just realized there’s a good meaning-connection between “breach” and “broach”. When a whale breaches the surface, it’s making itself apparent, coming to our attention, up from the obscurity below. I think this may be sufficiently close to broaching a topic to be an eggcorn.

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#3 2015-12-21 12:42:47

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1564

Re: "breach" for "broach"

I’ve been meaning to step into the breach on this one for a while. I second its eggcornitude. Breach and broach share affinities, though trying to pin down their etymological origins is difficult.

Here are some other flavours. I don’t think broach and break are cognates, though I’m not too sure.

How to Broke the Subject of Children
http://thedraft.rpg-host.org/index.php?showtopic=13638

In my current relationship, we went exclusive within a week, it was a mutual decision, I don’t recall who broke the subject but it came natural between us.
Dating site

Here’s a kind of cute one, to proach the subject. The logic would be as a short form of approach..

He is probably just really embarrassed to proach the subject with you.
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/inde … 658AADiaeE

i need help as to how to proach the subject of him having a w*nk while hes away
http://www.madeformums.com/forum/trying … 32668.html

In 1895, Princess Ka’iulani proached the subject of marriage to her aunt
http://hawaiianhistorian.blogspot.ca/20 … ement.html

There was an earlier mention of breach > breech, without, however, any discussion of the semantics of it. Confusions with breech are surely mere misspellings/malaprops, however funny.

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#4 2015-12-21 14:08:00

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1282

Re: "breach" for "broach"

It’s possible that “proach” is influenced by “preach”.

It’s also, and more interestingly, possible that “break” for “broach” is influenced by the concept of “breaking” a news story, which is pretty much synonymous with broaching it.

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