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#1 2006-05-17 23:41:13

Registered: 2006-05-17
Posts: 5


“So in the mist of the conversation, my mom started crying and having a break down”

I just saw this one on a message board today. It’s not a new/original one, but it’s the kind of eggcorn that I most admire: ones that really make sense (in an odd way). The mist of conversation—like the fog of war?



#2 2006-05-22 12:21:18

Ben Zimmer
Registered: 2005-10-14
Posts: 15

Re: midst/mist

Indeed, it’s not new, as it already has an entry in the database. And this does seem to be more of an eggcorn than a typo, since the context implies the murkiness of the conversation (or perhaps there was a mist of tears?).

Last edited by Ben Zimmer (2006-05-22 12:25:51)



#3 2014-02-21 06:22:54

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 800

Re: midst/mist

Here’s a similar example I encountered online the other day:

Yes, I think we did agree that political things would be discussed at length in a separate location, yet we would tell people about issues that are happening in our mist.



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