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#1 2012-11-22 05:28:32

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 653

"forerunner" for "front-runner"

I saw this in an excerpt from a movie review on the Rotten Tomatoes website: “Knightley will be a forerunner for an Oscar. She is astounding as Anna.” Meaning-wise, “forerunner” for “front-runner” makes eggcornish sense. I don’t remember ever hearing or seeing this one before, and it hasn’t been mentioned on the Eggcorn Forum. I can’t figure out how to google it in such a way as to get an estimate of how often it may be used eggcornishly. Has anyone else here seen or heard this one?

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#2 2012-11-22 06:24:47

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2153

Re: "forerunner" for "front-runner"

If you try “democratic forerunner” or “republican forerunner” you will find a number of these frontrunner >> forerunner substitutions.

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#3 2012-11-22 17:30:06

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 653

Re: "forerunner" for "front-runner"

Oh, yeah, good idea! It would seem to be an eggcorn in fairly common usage, then.

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