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#1 2011-03-02 21:17:23

keri321
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"sorrily needed" for "sorely needed"

Just read this today: “Of course, this assistance is sorrily needed by these people.” from http://oursicksociety.blogspot.com/2011 … verty.html

The sentence is about poor people needing public assistance. I’m pretty sure the author was thinking of the phrase “sorely needed”, but reinterpreted it as “sorrily needed”, as in, it’s a sorry thing that it’s needed, or that the author or unnamed people are sorry that it’s needed. Which doesn’t mean the same thing as “sorely needed”, but could probably be used in its place most times. Eggcorn?

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#2 2011-03-02 21:30:36

kem
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Re: "sorrily needed" for "sorely needed"

Thumps up here. Lots of examples on the web.

Welcome to the forum, Keri.

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#3 2011-03-02 21:42:15

keri321
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Re: "sorrily needed" for "sorely needed"

Thanks for the welcome! I’m such a language nerd, I was super-excited when I “discovered” it, and had to report it =D

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#4 2011-03-02 22:24:52

jorkel
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Re: "sorrily needed" for "sorely needed"

Very cool find, and it has such a familiar ring to it … I’m sure I’ve even used it in my unguarded moments! (So remind me to put this one on my top twenty list for 2011).

Though, I wonder if there are circumstances where “sorrily” is the correct choice and gets replaced by “sorely.” For instance, is it proper to say that someone is “sorrily missed” or “sorely missed”? Lots of examples of both on the web, and I must admit I need some clarification. (What exactly is a proper usage of “sorrily”?)

In Memory of Becky Shank | FacebookYou will be sorrily missed and loved for all time. You will never leave my heart or my mind, may you seek solace, and forever be at peace—Candi …
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25889563506 – Cached

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#5 2011-03-02 23:44:43

David Bird
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Re: "sorrily needed" for "sorely needed"

It might be a blend with the original sense of sorry, as in to be in a sorry, unfortunate state. Also, regrettably, regretfully and sorrowfully.

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Your attendance is sorrowly needed! We will stage a Funeral for Habeas Corpus

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