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#1 2018-11-24 17:37:24

DavidTuggy
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ninja-bred

“Run, run, as fast as you can;

You can’t catch me, I’m a Ninja-bred man!”
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At least that was what I heard one of my grandsons saying a couple of days ago.
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This may be the type of eggcorn that is born (or spends some of its infancy) as a pun. Perhaps somebody first said it as a simple pronunciation mistake or an eggcorn, but somebody (else?) realized that it was not only funny but commercially viable; Ninja-bread men are available for sale in stores and over the Internet. They even offer cookie cutters of effigious people in ninja poses, read-aloud versions of the story, and so forth. My daughter-in-law thought my grandkids might have seen or heard such usages and thus this was not an original error of theirs, though it might well have been anyway.
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For them and probably most users, the rather abstruse word bred is probably not in mind, but it came to my mind as part of a perfectly appropriate re-analysis, and it may be there in someone’s mind. It does occur, though not often, on the Internet. It may of course also just be a misspelling of bread, and that meaning is what is in their minds.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2018-11-24 17:40:10)


*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 .)

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#2 2018-11-26 11:08:19

David Bird
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Re: ninja-bred

Round-tripper.

What’s bread in the bone will come out in the flesh
Improve Your Vocabulary Through Proverbs

Surprisingly common in this form, even in reviews of the book by Robertson Davies. WTF typo, maybe?

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#3 2018-11-26 16:36:56

DavidTuggy
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Re: ninja-bred

Yeah, bred <> bread is a round-tripper, and unlikely to be eggcornish in most occurrences. But Ninja-bred < gingerbread doesn’t round-trip, does it?


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
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(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#4 2018-11-27 10:39:32

David Bird
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Re: ninja-bred

DavidTuggy wrote:

Ninja-bred < gingerbread doesn’t round-trip, does it?

That is dubious, admittedly. But time and fanfics breed all eggcorns eventually.

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#5 2018-11-30 13:45:06

kem
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Re: ninja-bred

Would the common “purebread dogs” (Google search) be a sort of round-tripper? “Bred” becomes “bread,” whereas in the “ninja-bred” example “bread” becomes “bred.”

Many of the examples of “purebread” will be misspellings, of course. But some may be thinking of “pure bread” as a metaphor for “unmixed.” That is, thinking of a loaf of bread that just has (white) wheat flour and not all of the additions (oats, rye, etc.).


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#6 2018-11-30 18:31:04

DavidTuggy
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Re: ninja-bred

Yes, it would certainly be a bread <> bred round trip if construed that way. I was looking for ninja-bred < > gingerbread, or even ninja <> ginger, to fill out the picture.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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#7 2018-12-02 10:52:47

David Bird
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Re: ninja-bred

Haha, the ultimate challenge. I even tried, for a bit, till I came to my senses.

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