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Chris -- 2015-05-30
One of the Dishonorable Mentions in the 2008 Bulwer-Lytton contest begins, “I heard her husky breathing as she came up the stairs, breathing exactly the way a sled dog breathes after competing in the Iditatrod ...”
322 ghits for Iditatrod
The Iditarod is an annual dog-sled race along the Iditarod Trail which spans Alaska. The name originates in local native languages, either as “clear water” or “distant place”. It is interesting to see that some have started to incorporate trod (A. Saxon) in the name, presumably in reference to treading the path.
But the winner is:
PBS Weekend Explorer:
Ride a train into the very heart of Alaska’s wilderness, dog sled with a competitor of the world famous Ididatrod, ride horses into a beautiful high mountain pass …
Wonder if anybody parses it (mentally) all the way as “I did a trod”? (None googled, and the cases of “I did a rod” all seem to be purposeful or irrelevant.) Ididarod (8k ghits) is likely just a phonically-correct spelling in most and quite possibly all its non-purposeful instances.
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2009-04-18 17:45:26)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
No, I suppose no one would logically go that far. I hesitated before placing this one in Contributions, even for all the Iditatrods. No evidence that anyone recognizes the significance of the trod in there, it was my reading that gave it significance. Pat, could you move this to “Slips”, please?
Last edited by burred (2009-04-18 18:50:23)
Time again for that Alaskan dog race with the funny name. This time it’s the word “road” that wants to be lead dog (and if you ain’t the lead dog, as the wag says, the view never changes).
: “Sounds like you and other guys who value mindlesss endurance over skill might be better off competing in the Iditaroad dog sled race instead of tennis.”
: “there was also present the other ‘crazy’ man who does the Iditaroad in Alaska, name’s Roberto Ghidon”
: “In the United States is held every year, the mythical Iditaroad, in memory of 1925 when a group of dogs covered in rolling over 1092 miles to deliver diphtheria serum developed in the Inuit village of Nome.”
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.