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Chris -- 2015-05-30
He was accused of sins he claims to be innocent of. But it has caused a drift. He … does not trust anyone with his secret.
He will defend me, and that will cause a great drift between him and his aunt.
Hrithik caused a drift between Ranbir & Katrina – By Bollywood Flashy …
Since the actual event that caused a drift between my father and the church was not written down or recorded for
posterity, I can only speculate that […]
Why is there such a drift between US and Russia? When did it start?
When a separation is only gradual (the two sides drift apart), even though the final result is a definite separation (a rift) this makes plenty of sense, to the point where it may be just a reasonable normal usage rather than anything eggcornish. E.g.
This caused a drift from the mystical tradition toward a more rationalistic, philosophical approach to Christianity.
The round tripper also occurs:
Modi has improved our relations with US considerably, it may seem as we are rifting apart from Russia. But this is not the
Disliked — The smell of sewer rifting into our windows!
This fascinating adventurous spot into high rapid of Seti River is the major attracts of rifting into Seti River. Rafting on the
Seti River is an inspiring experience
It’s hard to beat slowly rifting downstream, casting anything from a nigthcrawler or minnow to a soft plastic tube or
As the last couple of examples indicate, rafting rather than drifting may be a target instead (or as well). The geological term rifting occurs especially in plate-tectonics discussions, and means, as you might think, drifting apart until a rift is formed, and can easily be extended to e.g. the international relations sphere of the first quote. All in all, I am much less sanguine about eggcornhood of the examples in this direction.
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2017-06-03 17:31:59)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
it may be just a reasonable normal usage rather than anything eggcornish.
I agree. It’s a tough call without a tight idiomatic usage as the locus of substitution.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.