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**kem****Eggcornista**- From: Victoria, BC
- Registered: 2007-08-28
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Heard on the bus today, from a teen chatting on a cell phone about math homework: “the circumstance of a circle”

Not an eggcorn, perhaps, given the lack of sound parallelism. The imageries correspond well: the circumstance of a circle is defined by its circumference. About a dozen examples of the switch on the web. Here are four of them:

Personal site on camera stuff: “If the edges of the rectangle extends to the

circumstance of the circlethen the camera is considered to have captured full frame”

Online math exercises: “Find the

circumstance of the circlebelow”

Question on a business education site: “P, Q, S and R are points on the

circumstance of a circleof radius r, such that PQR is an equilateral triangle and PS is a diameter of the circle. What is the perimeter of the quadrilateral PQSR?”

On the site of a surveying company: “the Greek mathematician Eratosthenes calculated the

circumstance of the earthto within 227 miles of its true distance”

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