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#1 2012-06-07 04:06:14

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1265

"in tell" for "until"

From an online ad for a local music festival:

Since then the show has had many difficulties getting off the ground due to the venues and other unforeseen things . In tell last year when we finally found a venue at Tan Oak…

There’s been some discussion here on Eggcorn Forum about the confusion of ”-ell” and ”-ail”, including “in tell” for “entail”, as well as “dovetell”, “retell”, “detell”, etc., but this is the first mention here of “in tell” where the first syllable is the main focus of auditory confusion. This too may possibly be due to regional pronunciations. If it’s an eggcorn, the meaning presumably has to do with the speaker/writer thinking of “in tell” as an introduction to something they’re about to tell, but that seems like a bit of a stretch. I guess it’s anyone’s guess whether this one is an actual eggcorn for anyone or is always just a misheard/misspelled substitution.

Googling “in tell now” yields 60 or so unique hits. Some examples:

Never before had I succeeded in dreaming of an imaginary person more then once though, and every night found me in the arms of someone else in tell now.

I didn’t here about this in tell now…

I was held up with some chore`s and did not get to my computer emails in tell now.

Here’s the hyphenated variation:

I needed to read about lesbians in theater because well I am one and I really didn’t know what to do with that fact in-tell now.

My question is, sense June (when having surgery) up in tell now I gained 35+ pounds, I am now over 200…

Note the use of “sense” for “since” in that last one. There seem to be quite a few such mistakes in the examples of “in tell” for “until” I found, which perhaps suggests that it’s more likely to be a mishearing than an actual eggcorn…



#2 2012-06-21 11:39:03

From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 171

Re: "in tell" for "until"

I’ve heard a number of people mispronounce “until” and “since”, so I agree that a mishearing/mispronunciation is the root of these.


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