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#1 2015-10-20 02:00:41

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1282

The little eggcorn that wasn't

This happens to me occasionally:
I encounter or think of a new word or phrase that seems like an eggcorn, only to find that it’s perfectly normal usage somewhere (e.g., UK versus USA or whatever). Sometimes the presumptive “eggcorn” is actually the acorn from which sprang the phrase I thought was the acorn. Most recently, I encountered a reference to humming and hawing for the first time. My excitement about having found a new eggcorn faded upon finding that humming and hawing is standard in the UK, and apparently (according to this ngram graph) predates the American hemming and hawing by about a century!

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