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#1 2009-10-01 09:09:13

rhhardin
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Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

Keith Miller from Rome, “a spasm of the larnyx” http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/imuscut.larnyx.ram real audio, Feb 2, 2005.
Warner Wolf on Imus, “who crushed his neck and larnyx” http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/imuscut.larnyx2.ram real audio, Sep 30, 2009
WCLT newsreader, “The fall foilage festival” http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/imuscut.foilage.ram” real audio, Nov 7, 2003.

A weather service radio reader prior to automated voices would always substitute foilage for foliage in Columbus, Ohio ag reports.

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#2 2009-10-03 17:32:28

CatherineR
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Re: Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

These strike me as misspellings or dyslexic errors rather than as true eggcorns, but I’m no expert. Other opinions?

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#3 2009-10-06 14:14:58

AdamVero
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Re: Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

misspellings or pismronuncations, not eggcorns


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#4 2009-10-07 01:47:21

DavidTuggy
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Re: Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

I’m less convinced on foilage. I have some sort of mental connection between the coruscating reflective properties of foil and the shifting appearance of foliage, and I know foilage is standard for some people (pronunciation as well as spelling). Perhaps dycklexic or finger-switched in its origin, but it does make a bit of sense. The link between folios and leafage is pretty opaque for most of us.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2009-10-08 14:52:06)


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#5 2009-10-10 14:41:24

kem
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Re: Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

Welcome back, DT. You were missed.

The spelling “foilage” is a reversion to the original spelling and pronunciation. “Foliage,” derived from the French “fueillage,” is cognate to “foil,” an old word for “leaf” (The leaf meaning of “foil” is the source of “foil” meaning thinly beaten or rolled metal). The now-standard “foliage” is, I suspect, the result of a pronunciation-easing transposition (cf. “jewlery” for “jewelry”).

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#6 2009-10-11 00:04:09

DavidTuggy
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Re: Larnyx for larynx, foilage for foliage

Thanks, Kem.
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Yes, once again the issue surfaces of whether etymologically identical/related words are different enough to count. Pat was just beating that drum again, skillfully, a few posts back.
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“Jewlery” is complicated by the existence of “jeweler” and the analysis of the word as “jeweler-(r)y”, i.e. ‘wares of the jeweler’ rather than ‘wares consisting of jewels’. Britishers at least often spell it “jewellery”. A mildly eggcornish situation, that.


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