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#1 2013-01-08 01:03:30

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2249

auschwitz

My daughter writes:

When I was chatting with a friend the other day, she flubbed her words and “auschwitz” came out as “off-switch.”

Morbid, eh? More of a Freudian slip than an eggcorn, since it is not standard usage.

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#2 2013-01-17 18:12:20

DavidTuggy
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Re: auschwitz

Freudian in suggesting that people’s lives get switched off there?


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2013-01-17 18:51:52

kem
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Re: auschwitz

Freudian in suggesting that people’s lives get switched off there?

Yes. On this forum we haven’t really mapped out the differences between Freudian sleeps and eggcorns. There is a good deal of overlap. The difference lies, I suppose, in the intention. Eggcorns are intended (even if incorrect) reworkings, Freudian slips are not. A person challenged after using an eggcorn would conceivably defend the usage. A Freudian slipper would not.

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#4 2013-01-17 19:49:13

DavidTuggy
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Re: auschwitz

A Freudian slip still makes sense because it matches some sense (some intention or feeling if not some thought) in the perpetrator’s psyche. There are also, I believe, serendipitous bloops that make far better sense than the perpetrator could ever have meant.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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