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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2011-11-22 17:31:40

Registered: 2007-06-19
Posts: 263

"hostel" for "hostile"--an eggcorn?

I ran into this usage on someone’s blog

“Then he [Clinton] worked with what could be characterized as the most hostel Congress in history for the last six years of his administration, ” … 1938-2004/

I thought it was interesting, and I wonder why he thinks that’s the right spelling, and if there’s any connection in his mind between this meaning and the meaning of “hostel” that we all know: “a place where strangers stay in a foreign country.”



#2 2011-11-23 14:14:52

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1561

Re: "hostel" for "hostile"--an eggcorn?

Good to hear from you, Toots. I’m guessing that this is a phonetic spelling from someone who has heard it pronounced as “hostel.” It must be one of those cases where the perp might wonder about the connection, but probably couldn’t provide a justification if you asked. I can’t think of one.



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