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Chris -- 2015-05-30
From a YouTube video by Factnomenal, “YouTube channel on the word’s most interesting, crazy, and unbelievable facts!”:
“He mostly shines away from the spotlight . . .”
There’s even a kind of logic to this, when you think about it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWAM06v91P0, 0:0:45. The voice over is clearly scripted, not just ad lib. And in case you weren’t sure you heard it right, there are subtitles right on the screen.
More from the same video:
”(Kirsten Dunst) has acclaimed such Hollywood success that her brother prefers to stay out of the limelight.” 0:02:02.
The video kept getting worse, so I stopped watching.
Explicate the logic you see for us. (Without it, a malapropism doesn’t have much claim to be an eggcorn.)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
“Acclaimed such success” is not a simple malaprop, is it? It’s a kind of blendoid with meaning bleed. Not an eggcorn, but deserves a place in the bin of reproductive vegetables.
I do like shine away from. It has clearly changed the imagery of the original. It’s not exactly clear what the new meaning is, though. To perform without seeking credit, maybe. Avoid drawing attention to, sometimes.
The last one does reign true.
David Bird wrote:
I do like shine away from. It has clearly changed the imagery of the original. It’s not exactly clear what the new meaning is, though.
About 40 years ago it was common in some circles to use the term “shine [him/her/you/me/them] on” to mean ignoring someone. So there could, in some cases, be a connection between that term and “shine away from”, in the sense of ignoring or evading someone or something.
And welcome to the Eggcorn Forum, AnnieB!