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#1 2010-04-22 18:27:55

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1562

"faults claims" for false claims

Seen on a news comments forum today. The misinterpretation of “false” as “faults”, though awkward, is sufficiently eggcornish, I think, to submit to the forum. There are several dozen of these on the web. It falls somewhere between a mondegreen and an eggcorn. The sense is “faulty claims”.

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I didn’t see you standing up and shoot down the so called hockey stick and call it bogus or have we seen you stand up and denounce faults claims made by the IPCC

Other instances of false >> faults might make more sense. Take this example, where “faults teeth” might be taken as “teeth to replace faults”.

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He has also had some gum disease and has not been able to get faults teeth.

Or this, again to make up for defaults.

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She has always kidded me about sticking out so much and asked if I had faultsies.

Last edited by David Bird (2010-04-22 18:36:47)



#2 2010-05-08 14:37:52

From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 174

Re: "faults claims" for false claims

In the South, it is very common for the “ls” combination to add a “t” in the middle. Examples are “faltse”, “saltsa” and “eltse”. If these people are used to hearing and saying “faltse”, they could easily spell if “faults”, so it could be a misspelling rather than an eggcorn.


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