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#1 2016-04-03 01:27:44

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1343

"a diamond dozen"

The phrase “a dime a dozen”, misheard, has engendered “a diamond dozen”, with two main meanings. One is opposite to the meaning of “a dime a dozen”; in these cases, “a diamond dozen” implies that something is special. The other maintains the meaning of the original phrase (attribution of low value), but without any obvious eggcornish meaning connection. Here are some examples of the latter:

...there is something within her that radiates and makes her more than a woman who showed up in Hollywood with good bone structure and low body fat; those are a diamond dozen whereas there is only one Summer Glau.
besotted fanboy discussion

...not trying to be all cocky or nothing, but girls are like, with the life that I live, like a diamond dozen. It gets to a point where I’m like.. It’s gotta be something really special.
interview with a rapper

How much less could you care about CE’s? Statements like that are a diamond dozen.
gamer discussion



#2 2016-04-05 08:17:03

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2659

Re: "a diamond dozen"

Wow, that is a really common error. It should go on our list of contracorns (contranym eggcorns).

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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