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#1 2010-01-14 23:40:18

Registered: 2010-01-14
Posts: 1

"Please bare with me"

Is this an eggcorn? I think so…



#2 2010-01-15 00:08:39

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

Re: "Please bare with me"

It’s cute, of course, and I think at least one someone has mentioned it before here on the forum, but I have trouble seeing it as an eggcorn—I don’t think many speakers could possibly think that asking someone else to get naked with them is a way of requesting their patience. Hey, it might help during a very long wait, but that still wouldn’t make this an eggcorn.

And welcome to the forum, Randofu.



#3 2010-01-15 23:01:46

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1456

Re: "Please bare with me"

Perhaps a more figurative sense of baring is intended—along the lines of baring one’s soul… or something. Even so, I can’t get the meaning to work out well enough to say that it is what the utterer intended. The closest I can come is “please share my embarrassment with me”—but I don’t think this is the way anyone would misconstrue “please bear with me.”

In the case of homophones, misspelling is the most likely explanation.

Last edited by jorkel (2010-01-16 00:05:01)



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