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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2011-11-20 19:03:35

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2598

errorgant << arrogant

Some uses of “errorgant” are clearly puns, but there are several instances of the word on the web where the writers seem to believe that “arrogant” is actually “errorgant.”

The rationale? Perhaps “arrogant” is perceived as a word of insult and changing it to “errorgant” clarifies the assumed insult. Some of us, it seems, like to sharpen the barbs before we stick them in.

A dating(?) site: “I get along with most people except for tha errorgant ones that think they are better than tha person standing next to them”

Cell phone forum: “I don’t want you to think I am being errorgant just biching about the color….I am not…and if I came off that way, I am sorry”

Gun forum: “Keep the personal attacks out of it and if you can’t contribute something informative, then keep your condescenting and errorgant alter ego out of it too.”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#2 2011-12-13 18:59:30

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1558

Re: errorgant << arrogant

Errorgant, or just errogant, is a real winner. The arrogant are clearly mistaken. Your entry leads me to note that there are also “aerogant” people out there. Maybe they’re putting on airs. Hmm, yes, “airogant” is out there, too, though rarissimo.



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