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#1 2012-11-12 21:39:50

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1263

caliper / caliber

I ran into this one the other day: “His gamma ray enhanced body is resistant to penetration wounds of any sort up to a high caliper bullet.”

Most of the Google examples of “high caliper” were from an agricultural business called “High Caliper Growing”. Others were references to things that use calipers such as bicycles, brakes and paper (apparently “high caliper paper” is paper the thickness of which is very uniform). But there were a few clear substitutions of “caliper” for “caliber”:

High Caliper Sports Site | Adsense w/ 1,500+ Ad Placements | CHEAP!

Our customers will undoubtedly see the benefit of continuing to add such high caliper professionals to the business.

The Select teams will play in multiple high caliper events across the Midwest…

...provide high caliper professional management, affordable due to the economies of scale…

Overall we have been very pleased with Focus’ high caliper technical support over the years.

On occasion Vernon Johns High School likes to reward the high caliper of accomplishment and let the students relax from the toil of academia…”

...I have also witnessed some parents that for numerous reasons do not provide the necessary high caliper education that is necessary for children to become…

Those last two are great examples for the kids, LOL!

...the high caliper of artisanship which the Pan Pacific Neon Sign Company had achieved.

The sicko was armored head to foot in body armor designed to repel high caliper firepower. lift up the quality of service and obtain a high caliper of engineers and technicians…

It seems like a simple substitution to me rather than an eggcorn, as any meaning connection there might be in some examples would be attributable to the close etymological relationship between “caliper” and “caliber”. I also googled “the calibers” to get some examples going in the other direction:

i like the calibers.running them on my rc8t

I have rebuild kits for the calibers if you want to rebuild the originals.

Decided to go black on the factory wheels and paint the calibers red.

How To Polish Your Brake Calibers



#2 2012-11-12 23:55:30

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

Re: caliper / caliber

Glad someone finally wrote up caliper/caliber ( A credible eggcorn—“high caliper” is a meaningful semantic replacement for “high caliber” because it can refer to a high number on a caliper reading and calipers are sometimes used to measure bullets whose size is expressed as a caliber. According to the OED, in fact, “caliper/calliper is ”[a]pparently the same word as calibre n.; calliper compasses being compasses for measuring the calibre of a bullet….”

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