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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The verb “hedge” in its figurative meaning “to limit, to hem in, to monopolize” can invade other words. We have an example in our database: .
The sound and sense of “hedge” may also lie behind the huge number (hundreds, perhaps thousands) of sites that employ “hegitate” and “hegitation” in place of “hesitate,” and “hesitation.” See examples below.
There may be a better explanation, however. The vast majority of the examples of this slip on the web come from sites in India or pages of people with Indian backgrounds. I can think of two reasons for this. One is that a Hindi word with a meaning similar to “hesitate” is influencing this change. The other is that the “s” sound in Hindi is, to our ears, soft, almost a “sh” sound (), and is thus much nearer to the soft “g” sound than our sibilant English “s,” leading those for whom Hindi is a first language and English a second (i.e., most of those in India who speak English) to the mishearing and misspelling of “hesitation” as “hegitation.”
: “ i am 25 years male from dehradun….wanna meet to a friend with whom i cn share everything without any hegitation ”
: “I looked at your feedback … that is why I sent you a payment without any hegitation ”
: “leave her without any hegitation ”
: “So don’t hegitate to chat with me!! ”
: “For further and specific information don’t hegitate to dial [this number]”
: “If you are intersted in this scrap Please don`t hegitate to contact us”
Last edited by kem (2011-01-29 06:38:59)
Another faint possibility is that it’s a blend with agitate. There are no instances of hedgitation to make the hedge link.
There is another blend with agitation out there, in the form of edgitation, for edgy characters on edge.