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#1 2017-09-27 13:31:05

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1306

"overly" for "overtly"

it was the fact that the young Kryptonian was essentially just wearing a pair of knickers above the knee that infuriated many fans and it wasn’t long until she returned to a somewhat more traditional outfit which wasn’t quite so overly sexy. … 54079?cp=7

While it’s possible that this writer really meant “overly” in its usual sense here, I think it’s an eggcorn for “overtly”, due to the context and the fact that “overly” along with “wasn’t quite so” would actually be redundant. Unfortunately, I can’t think of any search terms that would allow me to research this one without yielding a zillion non-eggcornish usages of “overly” for every buried hit. Any thoughts, fellow eggcornistas?



#2 2017-09-30 19:38:24

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2630

Re: "overly" for "overtly"

The NOW Corpus at BYU suggests that the word “overtly” occurs frequently in the phrase “more overtly political.” “More overly political” would be an unlikely combination of words—unless it were an error for “more overtly political.” A web search for “more overly political” turns up a number of eggcorn candidates: … fczJPstUuA

Last edited by kem (2017-09-30 19:42:06)

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