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Chris -- 2015-05-30
One of the stranger entries in our database is . I vacillate between thinking it’s a really clever eggcorn and thinking it is no eggcorn at all. A called the switch “weird” and “astonishing” and it hasn’t gotten any less weird or astonishing in the five years since he made that comment. People have continued to substitute “be who of” for “behoove,” even though our Eggcorn database entry pops up first in a Google search for “be who of” to flag writers away from the cliff.
A more pedestrian transformation of “it behooves [me/us/her/him/them]” is the switch to “it behaves [me/us/her/him/them].” “Behave” for “behoove” is not common (for that matter, “behoove/behove”1 itself is not terribly common in modern English dialects), but the “behave” slip does occur at least a dozen times on the web.
Many of the web examples, including two of the three below, are from the Indian subcontinent.
: “So, it behaves us who have faith in the unity and sanctity of life to be as sensitive, if not more, to the sufferings of men as we profess to be to the sufferings of other animals.”
: “It behaves us to develop the skills and assets to deal with rejection successfully.”
: “It behaves them to understand that prestigious institutions do not become prestigious due to the seniority of its members, or the number of exams or titles their staff possess, but by dedication, innovation and achievement by them in their fields of expertise. ”
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.
Some other deformations of behoove:
[in prayer] Lord, we behoove you to hear us
It would behoove speakers if they would pay attention to this
The second one was by a well-known (and very articulate) PhD who specializes in psychology and psycholinguistics. fwiw.
He acquired no information that could behoove him financially.
I’m completely behooved [= confused]
It boheeves [boˈhivz] us to … [spoken, not written]
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2011-02-24 22:38:10)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
Behoove is a conjugation of “behoof”, but there are no hooves on that behoof, it being more closely related to heave.
The South Asian dynamic, and future, is an Indo-centric one. It behoofs us not to over-look that fact.
Chauvinist web comment
It would behoof us to believe that those that are more intelligent than others in a given population, will over time find the ways and means neccessary in order to pass on their genetic material to future generations.
Evolution of intelligence
David, your first example is evidently looking for the word beseech. That one can be misconstrued as well, making it an even more forceful request.
We besiege you to pay attention to this question during your negotiations
Cold War historical archives
Last edited by David Bird (2011-02-24 23:08:22)