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#1 2017-10-03 22:29:33

tyepower
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"cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

My five year old son said this the other day.

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#2 2017-10-04 13:27:04

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
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Re: "cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

Pooping could vaguely be considered a sort of maneuver, I suppose, and certainly one must maneuver carefully when navigating a poop-pocked field. But those connections seem like such a stretch that maneuver << manure is probably not an eggcorn. Cute substitution, though. Then again, almost anything proceeding from the mouth of a five-year-old is likely to be cute—unless it’s a recent meal going up the down staircase.

Welcome to the Eggcorn Forum, tyepower!

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#3 2017-10-04 22:40:09

DavidTuggy
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Re: "cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

Somehow reminds me of the “horse doovers” that someone was trying to filch from a high-falutin’ table in some movie or other I saw years ago. (Agreed, neither horse doovers nor cow maneuvers are eggcorns.)


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#4 2017-10-05 18:37:59

burred
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Re: "cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

Once I arrived, views of the luscious green bushes and the foul smell of cow maneuver encompassed all my senses as I hiked up the mountain.
http://scholarships.travel/writing17/th … ncing-wink

So beings she gave me two completely different solutions that can’t really exist together, I’m thinking that the whole this is a bunch of horse maneuver.
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ve … t.2034532/

Lotsa support for this one out there, including several other mouths-of-babes accounts. Passes the smell test.

Do we have “beings” for “being as” yet?

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#5 2017-10-05 19:58:33

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
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Re: "cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

burred wrote:

Do we have “beings” for “being as” yet?

I have heard “being’s” for “being as” at least a few times over the years. Note that I have apostrophized the term. This is because I’m pretty sure that “being’s” is not meant in the sense of “human beings”, but rather as a contraction of “being as” (in which case it’s not an eggcorn).

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#6 2017-10-06 22:38:13

tyepower
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Re: "cow maneuver" for "cow manure"

Thanks for the feedback folks. In our part of the world it is all dairy cows. Dairies remove the horns. So when my son spoke the potentially brilliant eggcorn, I thought, “These cows are not intimidating. How can they defend themselves? Their territory? How can they keep people away? Without great speed or sharp horns, they at least have one very effective maneuver…”

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