Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.


Registrations are currently closed because of a technical problem. Please send email to if you wish to register.

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

#1 2009-08-16 14:49:57

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

abstainious/abstaineous << abstemious

From today’s Merriam-Webster word for the day:

“Abstemious” and “abstain” look alike, and both have meanings involving self-restraint or self-denial. So they must both come from the same root, right? Yes and no. Both get their start from the Latin prefix “abs-,” meaning “from” or “away,” but “abstain” traces to “abs-” plus the Latin verb “tenere” (meaning “to hold”), while “abstemious” gets its ”-temious” from a suffix akin to the Latin noun “temetum,” meaning “intoxicating drink.”

They not only look alike. They are related as acorn and eggcorn. See examples below. Web frequency: low.

Post to an alcoholism forum: “I know somebody else who has communication disorder and was an alcoholic he became abstainious and found other interests he has not drunk any alcohol for 12 years now.”

From a Glaswegian bulletin board: “i dont get straightedge. if i wanted to be purposefully abstainious just so i could go to clubs and rub people’s guilty faces in it, I’d at least have the decency to use the adjective ‘christian’.”

From a blog about wine: “It’s been a while since my last entry but that does not mean I have been abstaineous. I should be writing about the London Wine Fair but to be honest I don’t think I can add much that has not already been written elsewhere.”

A dentist’s blog: “At the peak of their sexual drive they are taught that while they are abstaineous now they will be rewarded with excesses of pleasure if they fight and die for the cause”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#2 2009-08-16 18:56:07

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: abstainious/abstaineous << abstemious

A great and entertaining find that works very well. Nicely done.



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