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#1 2017-06-30 12:14:05

christinesmith
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Registered: 2017-06-30
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"wrap" for "rap"

Found this on a website for lawyers who are solo practitioners:

“Though our profession gets a bad wrap, I’ve found that there are many decent lawyers out there willing to help new solos earn some money and get started.”

This is plainly different from the eggcorn “wrapped” for “rapt” already in the database. I can’t quite figure out the mental process that gave rise to it. It made me realize, though, that “get a bad rap” is not as transparent as I supposed. Is this the same “rap” we find in a “rap on the knuckles”? Is it a variant of “rep” for “reputation”?

Your thoughts are always welcome.

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#2 2017-06-30 13:40:23

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2030
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Re: "wrap" for "rap"

I associate it with the “rap” of “rap sheet”, i.e. a police document telling when and why a person has been taken into custody. (No clear idea why it’s called that.) But a bad rap would then be an erroneous (whether maliciously or not) arrest or charge.


*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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#3 2017-07-01 07:46:18

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2515

Re: "wrap" for "rap"

Something odd going on here. The post by chistinesmith is a duplicate of an earlier (2006) post by Fishbait: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … ?pid=14926


Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.

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#4 2017-07-02 02:02:42

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1159

Re: "wrap" for "rap"

kem wrote:

Something odd going on here. The post by chistinesmith is a duplicate of an earlier (2006) post by Fishbait: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … ?pid=14926

What’s going on here, christinesmith?

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#5 2017-07-10 04:14:33

yanogator
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From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 123

Re: "wrap" for "rap"


“I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

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#6 2017-07-10 05:22:55

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1159

Re: "wrap" for "rap"

I used to know a guy who’d been in prison. He told me some guys there had “tried to put a snitch jacket on me.” The image of (metaphorically) wrapping someone in something that symbolizes their character or reputation also reminds me of phrases like “wrapped in sanctity”. For this reason, I suspect that “wrap” for “rap”, while often just a spelling error, is likely an eggcorn for some users.

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