Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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:
: “My glass is have full, and we do have the guts.”
: “My glass is have full ”
: “It does not matter if the glass is have full or empty. All that matters is the drink you’ve been drinking.”
: “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.”