Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Got this one in an email today – referring to what I would call a white board
(dry erase marker board as opposed to a chalk board, normally white in color),
as a “wipe board”, which struck me funny, even though it makes a
certain amount of sense.
Google gives 3.5 million hits for “white board”, 62 thousand for “wipe board” – some references to “Dry-Wipe Board” as a product.
Google groups has 96 hits for “wipe board”, 15,600 for “white board”. One
post spelled it all out: “dry wipe board/white board”.
Is wipe board an eggcorn? To me it’s sort of like calling a chalkboard an “erase board” (since you wipe one and erase the other), whereas white and chalk are features of
the things themselves.