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#1 2013-01-19 12:15:10

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2157

bender < bend

Caption to a picture in the news:

Tree branches bender under the weight of fallen snow on a residential street in Amman.

What’s going on here?

Is bendering bending over further than just bending? (Somehow it feels to me like it might be.) Is this the “frequentative” – er making an appearance? Blending with render (up your load of snow), tender (your resignation/surrender to the load), slender (and therefore bending way over under the weight), tottering, quivering, shivering or some of the other – er verbs implying weakness or instability?

Or is it just a mistake, even a typo, for bended , as in bent?

Anyway, it caught my eye.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2013-01-19 13:18:29)

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#2 2013-01-19 13:59:07

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2614

Re: bender < bend

Could be an anticipation error (bendER undER).

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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