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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Some of our eggcorns and eggcorn-like slips invert the meaning of the sentences and clauses in which they appear. In the old Comments section of the Eggcorn Database, a contributor noted the tendency “360-degree turnaround” in place of “180 degree turnaround.” That’s what these 360s do—leave you pointed the wrong way. They are, if you like, the eggcorn equivalents of .
Ken, as an example, entered “pasterior” (for “posterior”) into the eggcorn lists . A posterior event is something that happens later. “Pasterior” seems to imply it happened earlier. Other classic 360s include
Four of our 360s have a particularly subtle touch. takes the painful “way of sorrow” traveled by Jesus and turns it into a rose-strewn path. suggests that the alchemical king brought deficits into existence rather than assets (Though his assets turned into deficits when he found he couldn’t eat golden food.). Last year I noted the hidden eggcorn . Meant originally as a negative comment on political advisors, it has transformed itself into a positive descriptor. A 360 that occurred in the Comments section, , turns the “always faithful” claim of the U. S. Marine Corps into a motto for milquetoasts.
In the last few days I’ve come across two more of these 360s. One is “fullhardy” in place of “foolhardy.” are a few instances of this switch on the Web. The other is “bulkanize.” The term “Balkanize” means to separate into ineffectual pieces. It comes from the Balkan mountains, which stretch through a region that split up into a number of weak states when the old Ottoman Empire began to dissolve. Transforming it to “bulkanize” suggests a move in the opposite direction, from many little pieces to one large one. Here are three of the hundreds of examples of this switch on the Web:
: “When you bulkanize a nation along religious line, you ignite the inflammable.”
: “Industries (subsidized by government) in the US have always been known to bulkanize their organizations/manufacturing plants.”
: “Today they come to America never intending to become Americans, but to Bulkanize America by keeping their languages, individual countries customs, and to steal the free benefits.”
Last edited by kem (2014-08-03 12:00:41)
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.
We might also add to the list David Bird’s discovery “disshuffled for disheveled”.
And of course, “separate the weed from the chaff” is only an antonym if you’re not talking about marijuana.