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#1 2017-04-12 21:06:54

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1562

"Spike" for "spite"

Nose removal will have a forceful effect on the face.

But it seems too late your clarion call comes in to endeavour saving our buddies from cutting their noses to spike their faces! … spike.html

Starting to believe certain people on here avoid my offers just because of jealously…talk about cutting off your nose to spike your face! … Ln9-_KlfKo

This could have happened on any airline. So don’t cut off Delta to spike your face. … tGuru.html



#2 2017-04-13 11:30:00

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: "Spike" for "spite"

Possibly a volleyball image behind this switch.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



#3 2017-04-13 14:16:41

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2154

Re: "Spike" for "spite"

I immediately got a picture of driving a metal spike into something, to render it inoperable. (What is the standard image for that one, I can’t bring it to mind. I seem to have some kind of memory of some Luddite types (but more modern-era) disabling others’ machinery by spiking it.)

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#4 2017-04-15 01:58:53

Registered: 2015-07-08
Posts: 11

Re: "Spike" for "spite"

Two things come to mind. First, tree-spiking: anti-logging people have hammered metal spikes into at-risk trees to make chainsawing them a dangerous proposition, and it got a lot of press in the early ‘90s. Second, and approximately contemporaneous with the original Luddites, is spiking cannons: to disable muzzle-loading cannons by firmly hammering a tapered piece of metal into the touch-hole that was used to set them off. Often done before retreating from a fortification to deny the enemy the use of its artillery.

Last edited by JChance (2017-04-15 01:59:22)



#5 2017-04-28 23:56:33

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Re: "Spike" for "spite"

Spike for spite was originally suggested by the drastic makeup suggestion, to cut off your nose to spice your face.

When an ex was being pissy about something I told him that he was “cutting his nose off to spite his face.” A few weeks later, when I was being stubborn, he told me I was “spicing my nose.” Nothing like being doubled over with laughter to bring an argument to a crashing halt. … heard-read

Was his nose cut off to spice his face ? What is the origin of that phrase, anyone know ? … nd-street/

These wealthy elites want us slaves to continue to make them richer. You have cut off your noses to spice your face on this one and I fear that you will be too proud or too ignorant to admit your mistake. … ti-worker/

See also the delightful classic, despite one’s face.



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