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#1 2016-01-26 04:25:53

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1370

"rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

We have discussed various substitutions for “ruffle” here, such as “roughle” and “rustle”. Here’s another one I’ve stumbled upon:

Man, this post is riling some feathers.
FB page

Sure To Rile Some Feathers
chat thread title

And the Slamdance Film Festival is sure to rile some feathers and provoke some conversation with Matt Johnson’s debut feature The Dirties.
cinema article

I knew this post was going to rile some feathers!
another FB page

This one’s a round-tripper too:

It’s only the Bannisters that ruffle him up and upset him…
book

But it didn’t ruffle him up like I’d expected. Paul just went quiet.
another book

As I say I had to humor Geo. so I said something off hand but it just seemed to ruffle him up.
magazine

And check this out:

Zollman knows that answer is likely to rumple some feathers, but as he’s quick to point out, he frames the question differently than most parents.
parenting article

I’ve debated heavily about whether or not to post this because I know that it’s potentially going to rumple some feathers.
breast feeding article

Because it’s likely to rumple some feathers, nonconformity isn’t the “easy way,”...
article on Emerson

It looks like we have one of those linguistic fuzzy spots here. This one includes “ruffle”, “rile”, “roughle”, “rustle”, “rumple”, and what else?

Last edited by Dixon Wragg (2016-01-26 04:27:14)

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#2 2016-01-26 10:15:16

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1107

Re: "rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

I had noticed over the years that I’d just unnecessarily roil the feathers of writers whenever I insisted on replacing their “alright” with my “all right.”
http://josecarilloforum.com/forum/index … =13.0;wap2

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#3 2016-01-26 11:28:49

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1370

Re: "rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

burred wrote:

I had noticed over the years that I’d just unnecessarily roil the feathers of writers whenever I insisted on replacing their “alright” with my “all right.”
http://josecarilloforum.com/forum/index … =13.0;wap2

Oh yeah—roil is at least peripherally involved in this fuzzy spot, with tendrils reaching towards “roll” and “boil”.

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#4 2016-01-26 12:09:06

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1370

Re: "rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

And look at this one:

That’s Horschel, whose brash and confident attitude has helped him compete on the PGA Tour — winning the Zurich Classic in New Orleans this spring — and also rifling some feathers along the way. He reportedly drew the ire of a then-teenage Rory McIlroy during the 2007 Walker Cup.
golf article

His dominance is certainly rifling some feathers among the peloton’s other sprinters, but Cavendish says he’s not slowing down.
bicycling article

The Cybersecurity Information Act of 2014 (CISA) has been making rounds and its language is rifling some feathers.
news story

And this:

I’d probably hate him in real life but I’m enjoying him riffling some feathers.
TV show discussion

And this:

Sagan is now raffling some feathers with his TWO stage wins at his first TdF, now he could be doping and the way he celebrates over the finish line is not respectful???
bicycling discussion

Can’t see what the intent of the comment is really other than raffling some feathers…
car discussion

Cor Lemmers I can see that i’m raffling some feathers here and Cor Lemmers is one of them…
political discussion

She is the highest paid Escort in Vegas and she is raffling some feathers so to speak.
book review

But I doubt a case for the eggcornicity of “raffling” for “ruffling” can be made, meaning-wise.

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#5 2016-12-27 06:29:11

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1370

Re: "rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

And here’s yet another variation that falls within this ever-enlarging fuzzy spot, “rallied” for “riled”:

And when I was on the anchor desk, they would instruct you to egg on these guests and try to get them, you know, rallied up, to really fire off their anti-American talking points.
article about RT

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#6 2019-11-20 02:55:46

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1370

Re: "rile" and "rumple" for "ruffle"

Almost four years ago in this thread I said:

It looks like we have one of those linguistic fuzzy spots here. This one includes ruffle, rile, roughle, rustle, rumple, and what else?

Having since then seen a few other words that may partake of this fuzzy spot, I think I can add rifle, riffle, raffle, roil, rally, and ripple to this list. All of them except ripple have shown up earlier in this thread. (Rifle << >>riffle is also discussed here.) Ripple I got from Merriam-Webster:

riffle…transitive verb
1 : to ruffle slightly : ripple

Most of these share a connotation of something’s being put into disarray, at least temporarily, as when we shuffle through something like a deck of cards or sheaf of papers. Even rustle (the origin of which may be onomatopoeic) could refer to the sound made by such shuffling. (In the case of rile, the disarray would be emotional rather than physical.) A couple of the listed words, such as raffle and rally, have a sound-only connection to the fuzzy spot without any obvious meaning connection.

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