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#1 2018-02-21 10:20:56

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2653

winsome

Winsome. Win some. A stealth eggcorn we haven’t mentioned on the Forum yet.

http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2018/02/21


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#2 2018-02-21 13:38:57

yanogator
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Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 188

Re: winsome

Actually, kem, confirming it as a stealth eggcorn will be difficult, because preachers and other religious types have been using “winsome” to mean “able to win (people) to your side”, especially in a religious sense, unsurprisingly, for some time (at least 5 years).


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#3 2018-03-04 15:44:42

kem
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Re: winsome

“Winsome” would still be a stealth-eggcorn, since the word “win” (=obtain) comes from a different A-S root than the word in “winsome” (that “win” = joy/pleasure).


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#4 2018-03-06 16:05:31

yanogator
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Re: winsome

Yes, Kem, I agree with that now. Thanks.


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#5 2018-03-07 10:26:51

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
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Re: winsome

Pursuing winsome led to some interesting multicultural aha moments: winsome => loosome => kimmer => cummer => commère => compère => compay.

Edit: Oops, that last leap was rash. I assumed that compay came from compadre, but it is from compañero.

Last edited by David Bird (2018-03-07 14:56:04)

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