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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2013-09-16 19:02:46

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1275

"Y-FI" for "wi-fi"

I received this in an email the other day:

i just got this message (more than a day late) because i’m on a road trip and have my first Y-FI connection in several days.

I doubt it’s actually an eggcorn for anyone, as I can’t imagine a plausible meaning-connection offhand. I emailed my friend Lani, from whom the quote came, asking her what the “Y” in “Y-FI” stands for, and she graciously replied:

actually, i should have said WiFi …. for “wireless fidelity”. I spelled it like it sounds (Y-FI) but that’s cuz i’m ignorant! Apparently it’s WiFi. Now i know!

So for her, definitely a misspelling, not an eggcorn. A random sample of a few pages of Google hits only yielded puns, and acronyms such as “Young Filipinos”, and “Young Fashion Industry”. But I got a little chuckle out of this one anyway.



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