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#1 2017-02-19 12:13:59

kem
Eggcornista
From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2551

unindated

Last night I heard someone say “unindated” in place of “inundated.” Not an eggcorn. More of a spoonerism, I think. Though there is a sort of semantic pull at work-the prefix “un-” wants to play its workaday role, that of initiating a negating concept.

Turns out that this switch is common and previously noted. It’s in the Urban Dictionary and also on this language blog. Google shows hundreds of examples.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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