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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2016-12-21 20:27:42

Registered: 2006-04-11
Posts: 26

An unpresidented egghorn

Yesterday I commented on a thread in The Free Dictionary Language Forums regarding a Tweet from Donald Trump that read:

Donald J. Trump
China steals United States Navy research drone
in international waters – rips it out of water
and takes it to China in unpresidented act.
Although is was most likely a misspelling (note that the above article’s URL itself misspells “misspell”) coupled with a Freudian slip (and later corrected), someone suggested a malaprop.
I replied:

If thought the writer actually believed the correct word to be unpresidented (which I don’t), it could be an eggcorn.

That prompted this new thread that began:

A new word for me: EGGHORN
Member Eoin Riedy mentioned this word in another thread.
I am very old (“I have more yesterdays than tomorrows”), but I had NEVER heard this word.
I visited Professor Google and found an explanation from the Longview [Texas] News-Journal newspaper.
1. An “egghorn” is “an odd substitution [that] leads to the formation of a new word or phrase that sounds plausible but is somewhat different in meaning.”

After making sure that I hadn’t misspelled “eggcorn” myself, I (hopefully) clarified the word and included a few links the Eggcorn Forum, so perhaps there will be some new traffic here.

Last edited by Eoin (2016-12-21 20:49:58)



#2 2016-12-22 04:01:00

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1313

Re: An unpresidented egghorn

Wow! Mighty meta!

Last edited by Dixon Wragg (2016-12-22 04:02:44)



#3 2017-01-02 13:05:28

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2632

Re: An unpresidented egghorn

The eggcorn gospel spreads.

Thread on “unpresidented” also started here: … hp?id=6754

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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