Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.


Registrations are currently closed because of a technical problem. Please send email to if you wish to register.

The forum administrator reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2006-08-11 14:43:49

Sara Jameson
Registered: 2006-08-11
Posts: 1

3 possible eggcorns for the database?

After reading Mark Peters’ essay in Chronicle of Higher Ed on “Like a Bowl in a China Shop,” I immediately thought of two likely candidates and one shaky one for the list:

“dull drums” as he, “he was really down in the dull drums”

“aquatint” as in, “he was aquatinted with grief”

“melon collie” as in, “when his dog died, he was melon collie.”

What are your thoughts on these?



#2 2006-09-08 00:12:07

From: Brookline, MA
Registered: 2005-12-13
Posts: 38

Re: 3 possible eggcorns for the database?

Well, you may have ruined Handel’s Messiah for me: “A man of sorrows, and aquatinted with grief”? I love it.



#3 2006-09-08 00:16:26

Tom Neely
From: Detroit
Registered: 2006-09-01
Posts: 121

Re: 3 possible eggcorns for the database?

THE DULL DRUMS is fantastic! Did you google it?



#4 2010-10-18 07:11:00

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2390

Re: 3 possible eggcorns for the database?

I just ran across aquatinted (again—I first have it dated from 2000) and was going to report it, but found it here. Surely it is a “cupertino” (=spellchecker-produced malapropism), though? Some spell-checker fails to guess that aquainted (a common mispelling with ghits in the millions) is almost certain to be intended as acquainted.
It’s such a common missspelling that even when it shows up repeatedly in a document (a situation I can document), that probably is a repeated cupertino rather than evidence that the cupertinized version ( aquatinted ) has become standard for the particular writer. In any case, it makes little or no sense, so is not a good eggcorn (though it is an entertaining malapropism.)
Sara, if you’re out there—have you found any others? To come up with three just like that and then not post again, is a pity.

*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 .)



#5 2010-10-18 07:34:25

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 442

Re: 3 possible eggcorns for the database?

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts