Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.

Announcement

Registrations were closed for a long time because of forum spam, but I have re-opened them on a trial basis.

The forum administrator (chris dot waigl at gmail dot com) reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2009-05-23 13:21:55

DavidTuggy
Eggcornista
From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1838
Website

yield = wield

This one puzzles me, though I have gotten it from several quite different sources:

Let’s show them what the power we can yield is.

Do you want to yield the knife and slay him yourself?

Without any adult supervision, the newly weds yield the knife [picture of newlyweds cutting the cake together]

Remember the magistrate does not yield the sword in vain (Romans 13:4).

My best guess is that it is simple malapropism: substitution of one imperfectly-known word for another similar one. In many contexts it results in opposite meaning: to yield the sword is automatically to cease to wield it. This adds to the puzzlement of it, but also moves it towards eggcornishness: the two meanings are not irrelevant to each other, which is a step towards making some sort of sense.
.
I haven’t come across (including in a short google search just now) usages of wield meaning ‘yield’. They may well be out there.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2009-05-23 13:37:59)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

Offline

 

#2 2009-05-24 10:50:21

DavidTuggy
Eggcornista
From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1838
Website

Re: yield = wield

A probable wield << yield:

“I shall wield myself to the one who holds the phoenix…”. Ryo gets up and stares through the window as they reach the station when the train stops, ... www.fanfiction.net/s/1339389/1/Kiss_of_a_Phoenix – Páginas similares

A lot of other examples seem to be misspellings of “weld”, or random collocations from search-trap sites.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

Offline

 

#3 2013-01-22 22:02:10

DavidTuggy
Eggcornista
From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1838
Website

Re: yield = wield

Still puzzling over this one. Recently saw a file with this repeated three times, which tends to indicate that it is standard for the author.

Might it be some sort of progression like yield (to s.o.)> give over (to s.o.) > give (to s.o.) > inflict (on s.o.)? / proffer (towards s.o.) > poke (towards s.o.) > brandish threateningly (towards s.o. people generally). ??


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

Offline

 

#4 2014-03-19 11:05:28

DavidTuggy
Eggcornista
From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1838
Website

Re: yield = wield

In the news today (AP):

Lasso-yielding officers chase loose bull in Texas Published March 19, 2014 Associated Press¶ A bull apparently in no mood for vaccinations led police on a chase down a Texas city street before horse-riding, lasso-yielding officers were able to wrangle the animal.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

Offline

 

#5 2014-03-22 05:13:14

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 759

Re: yield = wield

Yield can also mean produce, provide, generate, or deliver. The yield of a nuclear weapon is a measure of its force. These meanings make more sense in relation to the examples you cited in your initial post above, David.

Offline

 

Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts