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#1 2010-01-30 12:11:22

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'tomato plight' for 'tomato blight'

Came across this in the Reuters article (below) this morning. It’s uncommon but very eggcornic.

Also there’s a tomato plight going around that infects tomatoes.
francesca-love.blogspot.com/

Let’s hope we can figure out our tomato plight for next year because having 9 tomato plants die within 2 weeks is the biggest blow to any gardeners ego. ...
www.whiteonricecouple.com/.../tomato-ja … s-recipes/

World hunger and the locavores | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters
Jan 30, 2010 … when there isn’t a commodity-price bubble, too: look, for instance, at the tomato plight which devastated the northeast US last year. ...
blogs.reuters.com/felix…/01/.../world-hunger-and-the-locavores/

... A friend hearing of my tomato plight told me he was going to Missouri to visit family and while there he was going to the vegetable auction …
www.mistymontano.com/garden-time/canning-roasted-salsa

Jul 29, 2009 … I’ve mentioned my tomato plight before but there’s a local stand about a mile from me that sells bruised ones very inexpensively. ...
www.theslowcook.com/2009/07/29/canning-interrupted/

Here is an interesting article about the tomato plight. Maybe is can affect figs?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/opinion/09barber.html ...
figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=3619677&goto…

This my common sense tells me: by autumn, we’ll see it ( the results of all the rain in many states, the tomato plight) in the prices of tomato products…
messageboards.aol.com/aol/en_us/articles.php?boardId…

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#2 2010-02-02 12:06:12

yanogator
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From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 233

Re: 'tomato plight' for 'tomato blight'

klakritz wrote:

... A friend hearing of my tomato plight told me he was going to Missouri to visit family and while there he was going to the vegetable auction …
www.mistymontano.com/garden-time/canning-roasted-salsa

Jul 29, 2009 … I’ve mentioned my tomato plight before but there’s a local stand about a mile from me that sells bruised ones very inexpensively. ...
www.theslowcook.com/2009/07/29/canning-interrupted/

These two seem like they might actually mean plight.
Bruce


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#3 2010-02-02 18:12:28

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2390
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Re: 'tomato plight' for 'tomato blight'

In a way that pretty much makes the case that these are eggcorns. It is parallel to the way that the person calling an acorn an eggcorn actually means the egg.
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But you are right that, although (mis)hearing the phrase “tomato blight” was probably involved in the phrase “tomato plight” coming into the writers’ heads, these are not cases of the tomatoes being in a plight (from the blight) but of the writers’ being in a plight related to (the lack of) tomatoes. I would suppose that (1) the phrase “tomato plight” is formed as an eggcorn from the phrase “tomato blight”, and then (2) it gets extended from the meaning “a problem that tomatoes have” to be “a problem having to do with tomatoes (or the lack thereof)”.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2015-06-01 16:20:05)


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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#4 2015-05-28 10:13:24

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1109

Re: 'tomato plight' for 'tomato blight'

Poem
You were my lover,
my shroud, my source of cover.
You were my light;
now you’re the source of my blight.
You were my hope,
my purpose in life, my way to cope.
You were my dream;
now you’ve evaporated, an intangible steam.
Was I nothing but a useless pawn
to you, you demon spawn?

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#5 2015-05-31 20:01:36

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2725

Re: 'tomato plight' for 'tomato blight'

Thank goodness the Internet didn’t exist when I wrote my age-16 poetry.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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