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#1 2013-07-10 09:40:26

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2265

girldle << girdle

The Eggcorn Database cites the confusion of “girdle one’s loins” and “gird one’s loins.” The switch is not a very high-octane eggcorn, when you think about it. “Gird/girt/girth/girdle” all descend from the same Teutonic ancestor and their meanings have not wandered far from the source.

A more ambitious skew of “girdle” is “girldle.” The spelling with “girl” in it occurs on hundreds of web pages. Many of the misspelling examples may be triggered by anticipation of the “l” coming up in the second syllable. In some of the instances, though, the traditional perception of girdles as girl equipment have probably influenced the spelling change.

Parenting forum: “ does a girldle hide your fat? ”

Soap opera board: “but maybe we’ll see Chad running for the hills when she takes off her girldle and Wonder Bra and everything drops to the ground.”

Blog entry: “our crabby She-male substitute Ms. Berl is getting her girldle in a tizzy. ”



#2 2013-07-10 11:10:59

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1863

Re: girldle << girdle

Would work better if girl meant “overweight over-mature female”, but maybe that’s what the referenced item is sposeta turn such a person into? Funny, in any case.

*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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