Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
You are not logged in.
Registrations are temporarily closed as we're receiving a steady stream of registration spam.
Anyone who wishes to register, please email me at chris dot waigl at gmail dot com with the desired username and a valid email address, and I will register you manually.
Thanks for your understanding.
Chris -- 2011-03-08
Unsurprisingly this is an intentional pun for most people, though not for all:
haiti earthquake was a really bad earthquake it was at number 7 on the rictus scale and it may take many years to rebild !!
an earthquake that measured 9.5 on the Rictus Scale
Very odd beast indeed. Both example look like bad spelling attempts… since if either utterer knew what rictus meant then the substitution would probably not have been made … and if it’s intentional I’m not sure I get the pun. Most unintentional reshapings replace an unfamiliar word with a more familiar one.