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Chris -- 2015-05-30
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…
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 (2013-02-20 21:18:59)
“Stub-ble” for “stumble.” Niiice.
Eggcorns are the horsemeat in language. A little testing tells you more than you want to know.