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#1 2017-06-15 17:55:38

danRO
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Registered: 2017-06-15
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Death Rows for Death Throes

In context: “Yes, a failed star is orbiting a star in its death rows, but its important to remember they were not always this way.” From https://www.universetoday.com/136053/ki … ad-star-1/

“in its death rows” has a few thousand ghits, many of which are this usage, so it is not new.

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#2 2017-06-16 20:52:22

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1491

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

Very nice eggcorn. I assume that being in its death rows is like being on death row. I found about 12 hits for it in the form “in its death rows”, which is a respectable tally these days.

The return-tripper is out there too. This one is a bit harder to explain, since it doesn’t follow the usual route from obscure to common word, but it still makes some sense.

Kutubkhali canal on death throe
News headline

Ethiopians are on death throe because of famine, not just one time, every year and now worse even.
News commentary

See also the painful death throws.

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#3 2017-06-17 08:46:19

yanogator
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From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 115

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

David, the other direction doesn’t make much sense, since “row” is a much more common word than “throe”. I’m guessing that this is a kind of hypercorrection, and people who have been exposed to the term “death throes”, but don’t know its meaning, try to look like they know what they’re saying.


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#4 2017-06-20 18:02:44

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2507

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

We seem to be on a run of reanalysis eggcorns, eggcorns where part of one word is absorbed into another. Some classics:


all goes well (augur’s well)
see and eye dog
Mr. Griver Bridge (Mystic River Bridge),
safety posit box
mistake in identity
sick entire
bye or leave
pain-staking
hearth rob
once so ever (whatsoever)
last draw (last straw)
hardened fast rule

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#5 2017-06-21 03:14:31

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1151

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

kem wrote:

all goes well (augur’s well)

You’re not kem. What have you done with kem? The real kem would never use an unnecessary apostrophe.

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#6 Yesterday 18:57:29

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2507

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

You’re not kem. What have you done with kem?

Bwahahahaha. It will cost you a hundred bitcoins to get him back.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#7 Today 02:38:47

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1151

Re: Death Rows for Death Throes

BTW, danRO, welcome to the Eggcorn Forum!

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