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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2011-10-28 01:18:29

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

have full << half full

My daughter, who is TAing a course at York University in Toronto, sent me a text message about a student in her class who replaced “half full” with “have full.” Could be a simple misspelling, but it could also be an eggcorn, especially when it is employed as a short version of the saying about seeing a half-full glass rather than a half-empty glass – seeing a “have-full” glass is much more optimistic than seeing a “half-full” glass.

Scores of examples of “glass is have full” on the web. Four of them:

Title on a political post: “My glass is have full, and we do have the guts.”

Investor forum post: “My glass is have full

Site that collects sayings: “It does not matter if the glass is have full or empty. All that matters is the drink you’ve been drinking.”

Post on a guitar forum: “I’m a very glass-is- have-full person.”

Reporting myself: Each year I do a number of mushroom workshops, walks, etc. in October and November. While writing an email about a “Wild Mushroom” course I started to type “Mild Washroom.”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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