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Chris -- 2011-03-08
In this movie review I encountered
Scrapping the bottom of the barrel for both ideas and archival fight footage, Grudge Match is like a bad Onion headline come to life.
I googled “scrap the bottom of the barrel”, figuring that any examples I found would be a little less likely to be mere spelling errors than if I’d googled “scrapping…”. I found lots of examples, for instance:
In journalism there is an expression if news is scarce and you can’t find a story you scrap the bottom of the barrel for any story…
The staff were very helpful – breakfast always looked fresh and had plenty so no one had to scrap the bottom of the barrel
“To scrap the bottom of the barrel”.= to choose the least valuable things or people in group.
I think we have a real eggcorn here, and not just a bunch of spelling errors, due to the very plausible meaning connection of the word “scrap” to the concept of scraping the bottom of the barrel.