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#1 2017-11-21 07:05:53

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1322

"Sumerian" for "Samaritan"

if it was cash left there you know i would’ve pocketed it. since it was their card i figured i’d be a good sumerian.
ethics discussion

She gets to be a good Sumerian to Yuichi friend Shingo.
story synopsis

If I was feeling like a good Sumerian I would obviously go to Scripting Helpers; a separate subforum for good reason.

What a friendly good sumerian hacker he was.

Kuso Steak Vloz’Ress Jr. has prospered well in Kuso’s care his young fertile mind being filled with knowledge, classical works, and how to be a good sumerian to his fellow humes
story discussion

Not much needs to be said about this one, except that it’s a wonder it hasn’t been seen here yet. I suppose the fact that it involves proper names makes it a Lehmann, right?



#2 2017-11-21 10:06:03

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2641

Re: "Sumerian" for "Samaritan"

Technically, a Lehman is a common noun that has become a proper noun (“layman’s terms” >> “Lehman’s terms”) and an Aunty Lehman is a proper noun that has become a common noun (“Ferris wheel” >> “fair’s wheel”). I don’t think we have a term for a proper to proper switch.

Arguably, though, this is an ordinary eggcorn. We could think of “samaritan” and “sumerian” as representing things/ideas—i.e., as once-proper nouns that have already been commonized.

“Sumerian” is, by the way, a DNA eggcorns. There is no shared meaning between “sumerian” and “samaritan.” They both relate to a third concept (the set “words relating to old Near Eastern cultures,” or something like that).

Several round-tripper examples also occur on the web. Here’s “Samaritan civilization” on a flash card:

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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