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Chris -- 2018-04-11
In a promotional email from Shawn Blanc about his “Focus Course” product:
“Winging it every singled day and doing whatever feels best in the moment (which often results in a lot of time spent perusing email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.).”
I’m not sure it’s a typo, but if you google “every singled day” you get lots of hits…
Welcome to the Forum, voiceguy. You found a slip we have not discussed (after so many years of Forum posts, something that’s increasingly hard to do).
This seems to be an anticipation error. The upcoming /d/ phoneme in “day” triggers the extra d on “single.” If you Google “every singlet time,” “every singlep person,” “every singlet thing,” and “every singley year” you will find a few hits for each of them. All anticipation errors, I think.
Being an anticipation error doesn’t mean it’s not an eggcorn, of course. It just means we need to raise the bar of proof a bit. Chances are that many of the examples are just simple finger stutters.
“Every singled day” does make sense. Every day, singled out. So that opens the door to it being an eggcorn. (The sense of “every singled day” is nearly the same as the sense of “every single day,” though. If it is an eggcorn, then “every singled day” doesn’t add much to picture we get from “every single day.”)
There are a number of examples of “every singled time,” “every singled person” and “every singled one.” These are not anticipation errors, so these suggest that “singled” has the power to steal the “single” slot. That would argue in favor of “every singled day” being an eggcorn.
Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.