Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The names “fennel” and “fenugreek” both hark back to the Latin word for “hay,” but that is about the only connection between the spice plants bearing these two labels. Fennel1 is sweet, having the licorice roma of anise. It is a perennial in the carrot family. Fenugreek is a bitter seed from a pea family plant and is often used in Indian curries.
The web contains of “fennelgreek” for “fenugreek.” Given the difference between the two spices, I take this to be DNA eggcorn: “fennel” is shoehorned into “fenugreek” for no better reason than that they are both terms for spices.——-