Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
You are not logged in.
Registrations are currently closed because of a technical problem. Please send email to
The forum administrator 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 -- 2018-04-11
The ‘reap’ bit works okayish because of reaping what you’ve sown/consequences/repercussions, but I can’t find appropriate alternative imagery for the ‘cushion’ part. (I had the same problem with concushion once – here I should have a blue ‘here’ thingy to whisk you to it but my rudimentary IT skills don’t yet stretch that far.)
... that his cherished plate CRA1G was owned by a criminal which was not the case” Or just don’t bother. Hope it doesn’t bring any reaper cushions to Craig …
Jun 2009 … I overheard Amy tell her, “You can’t just be that way and not expect reaper cushions.”
I was pleased to find when scanning the cites that the great Flann O’Brian mentioned reapercushions over 50 years ago in his column in the Irish Times:
I was thinking (in all seriousness, as the man said) of writing a long
paragraph about a man called Reaper who invented a new sort of cushion.
This cushion was so far ahead of any other sort of cushion that it
revolutionised the whole cushion industry. Having said that much, I
intended to dwell somewhat on the technical aspects of Reaper’s
invention and then come out with the side-splitting remark that the
invention had led to reapercushions throughout the civilized globe.
That will give you some idea, Keats once said, apropos of the enduring
youthfulness of all policemen, that ’ a thing of duty is a boy
Wonderful strange new upholstery! There is homophony between ‘reaper cushions’ and ‘repercussions’ for my Italian gf, who pronounces “cushion” as I pronounce “cussion”. It’s not exactly clear what the image means but it is a priceless one. A quick shufti turns up other reupholstered words out there; you have to wonder if they are not misspellings in these cases however.
The Who classic line-up (not including album only instruments):
Roger Daltry: Vocals, Harmonica, Tambourine
Pete Townshend: Lead guitar, Vocals
John Entwhistle: Bass guitar, Vocals
Keith Moon: Drums, Percushion, Vocals
(http://www.gamespot.com/gba/rpg/fireemb … pid=921183)
Another witness picks up from there and saw it dive behind a hill. Both witnesses felt the concushion of the crash and then smoke.
(http://www.patriotresource.com/wtc/time … crash.html)
I’d always understood that reaper cussions were what ensued when the combine broke down in the middle of the harvesting.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
Dang breakdowns are cause for reaper cussin’. Or reaper-caution.
“it is not a free world” because there is reaper-caution on everything we do to violate nature’s standard, remember this. .