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#1 2013-02-20 22:24:12

Dixon Wragg
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 650

"stubble" for "stumble"

I “stubbled” on this in a comment thread yesterday:

it is so amusing when science stubbles across references of anything Devine in nature

Leaving aside the issue of whether this has anything to so with the late Andy Devine, I wonder if anyone can propose a plausible enough meaning connection to make this seem like an actual eggcorn rather than just a substitution. I doubt it. Googling “stubbled across” yielded nearly 1000 unique hits, including:

I recently stubbled across and idea that id like to share to everyone.

I accidently stubbled across the above thread.

Also we stubbled across two Giraffe carcass one was being watched over by Jackals Lions and Vultures.

Stubbled across this site by chance, I was looking for a bike…



#2 2013-02-20 23:20:00

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 951

Re: "stubble" for "stumble"

I hope they didn’t stubble their toes. Or worse maybe, stumple them.



#3 2013-02-21 02:16:01

Dixon Wragg
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 650

Re: "stubble" for "stumble"

burred wrote:

I hope they didn’t stubble their toes.

Hmmm…”stubble” > “stub”—you’ve just suggested (to me, anyway) an eggcornish meaning connection between “stubble” and “stumble” through “stub” as in “stub [one’s] toes”!

In fact, I should have seen it without recourse to the word “stub”, as a field of stubble, such as chopped-off cornstalks, provides plenty to stumble on.

I guess I should have posted this thread in the Contribute! section after all.

Last edited by Dixon Wragg (2013-02-21 02:18:59)



#4 2013-02-21 15:51:43

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2152

Re: "stubble" for "stumble"

“Stub-ble” for “stumble.” Niiice.

Eggcorns are the horsemeat in language. A little testing tells you more than you want to know.



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