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#1 2017-06-28 13:17:18

DavidTuggy
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grimmest < grimace(d)

As sometimes happens I committed a pun and then thought, that’s bound to be on the Internet as an eggcorn. May be …

[fanfic] Germany followed the ringtone and ended up at a messy hallway that made him grimmest. Skirting around the edges of the hallway were trash …

Paps grimmest at my loud outburst, putting one shushing finger across his lips, he whispered, “Wait. Get ready.”

Jak grimmest at the thought of the pain.

Obviously related: grim and bear it .
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Also obviously, the grimmer something is, the more likely it will make you grimace when you are trying to be stoic about it. Also, many speakers drop or lenite (to the point of oblivion) the t of a word-final st combination, so grimace might easily be thought to have come from grimmest .
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In the other direction:

Even under the grimace of circumstances, he believed.

[Closed caption transcript] Also on Monday the grimace news get out of the state comptroller’s office that the budget deficit for the current fiscal year ending June 30th has now grown to …

So I nursed wounds, went hungry, pondered questions, stared into the very grimace of danger for this boy and his dogs. [grimace = (smiling maw of danger)? Be clearer if it were “grimace of dangers”.]

I love the smiles and we need, as a song reminds me so well, put on a happy face and keep smiling even in the grimace of situations here.

(They might really have meant “grimace” in that last example, as a contrast to the repeated smil(ing) in the context. The first example, recorded nearly 20 years ago, was spoken, and I may have misheard it.) There are probably more out there.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2017-06-28 13:25:45)


*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 .)

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#2 2017-06-30 08:30:07

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
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Re: grimmest < grimace(d)

Good find. A real pus jewel.


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#3 2017-06-30 21:30:44

DavidTuggy
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Re: grimmest < grimace(d)

Grimmy ‘nough for me! (Pus jewel. I’d forgotten that one!)


*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 .)

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