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#1 2013-12-24 14:08:00

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 357

prince able

when you have a coffee in the mornings it gets you going same prince able as hair

if we can work together to create a profitable company and then another on the same prince-able

Jesus would have given them the same prince able that he gave John in Luke 9:49

840 ghits for this. Written as two words does rather suggest that perps think that it really is “prince able”. Why? Dunno.

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



#2 2013-12-24 16:25:03

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2211

Re: prince able

I see some semantic ties. “Principle” is an exalted word, redolent of high motives and superordination. The cognate “prince” has the same smell. The postfix “able” communicates power, capability, strength. Seems like an eggcorn match.



#3 2013-12-24 22:53:44

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 974

Re: prince able

Looks like one of those creative events where the root words are reanimated and the dead walk again. Principle and principal are composed not only of prince (prime) but also able (the ce part), according to the Online ED.



#4 2013-12-25 00:45:33

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1813

Re: prince able

Quite a few people actually pronounce it “prince-able”, i.e. [‘pɹιnsəbl̩], rhyming with (not washable but) rinseable .
For them this might be a pronunciation spelling. But it is more probably eggcornish; i.e. if they spell it this way they probably have reanalyzed the word to incorporate the suffix – able . I’m with Juan, though, in thinking that the semantic fit of prince is much less clearly apropros.

*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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