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#1 2013-11-03 04:41:50

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1265

Swordi Arabia?

I stumbled on this one while researching the Abu Grave eggcorn (isn’t it nice when that happens?). The meaning connection could be an image of a scimitar-wielding Arab, but since most or all of the examples I found were from right-wing-sounding blogs, I can’t tell if this is, in some cases anyway, an actual eggcorn, or just a sort of snarky joke nickname for the country. Anyway, some examples:

The right to convert from islam to Christianity, to carry a Bible into Swordi Arabia, and things that normal people take for granted in the West.

Interfaith dialogue in swordi arabia?

It was not poor Afghanis on those tower planes it was Jihad oil price sponsored Swordis from Swordi Arabia.

Press muzzled in Swordi Arabia

Swordi Arabia: Proud of its apostate and blasphemous religion.

I assume that Swordi Arabia, Morocco, Maldives and other progressive muslim nations burn confiscated Bibles…

Terrorists Yes from Swordi Arabia absolutely.



#2 2013-11-03 16:01:13

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

Re: Swordi Arabia?

Most of these, I suspect, are puns.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#3 2013-11-03 16:12:54

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2149

Re: Swordi Arabia?

I agree with kem that these are unlikely to be inadvertent. In some rhotic dialects (where aw is regularly pronounced or ) it would only be a spelling shift, but even so is almost certainly done purposefully.

It is not irrelevant that the Saudi Arabian flag features a particularly sword-like scimitar.

*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 .)



#4 2013-11-03 17:31:17

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: Swordi Arabia?

Agreed, pun. Otherwise it would have been Swordy Arabia, and there are no unintentional hits for that. Too bad!



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