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#1 2017-07-21 16:35:38

Registered: 2010-12-24
Posts: 4

"grit and bear it" for "grin and bear it"

A friend of mine said this the other day. The reinterpretation is from “grin and bear it” =~ “smile through adversity”, to the new “grit and bear it” =~ “tough it out, as though gritting your teeth, through adversity”. This usage seems to fit quite well into the definition of an eggcorn — a mishearing that introduces a new, different meaning that’s still plausible in the context — but eager to hear what you all think!



#2 2017-07-21 20:38:25

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2148

Re: "grit and bear it" for "grin and bear it"

Works well for me —I like it! Cf. grim and bear 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 .)



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