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#1 2019-01-21 01:56:16

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1365

"to hell in a ham biscuit"

From a recent Facebook conversation (D is me; S is my friend):

S: Me, I discovered today that I’m going to hell with a ham biscuit.
D: Did someone actually say that to you, Suellen, and if so, were they punning or did they really think that’s how the phrase goes?
S: Yes, and they thought that was the legit saying. Oy.

A web search on “hell with a ham biscuit” was fruitless (meatless?), but a search on “hell in a ham biscuit” yielded some puns and some apparent eggcorns. Here are the latter:

#malaprop Our daughter used to say that “things are going to hell in a ham biscuit” when she was little.

Amazing it only had one minor chart hit—but a good indication that pop music (as generally reflected on the charts) had more or less gone to hell in a ham biscuit.
music discussion

Are things still (as a UNC undergraduate once wrote) going to hell in a ham biscuit?
BBQ book

I think this one is on its way to infecting enough people to qualify as an eggcorn. It’s possible that it’s one of those that started with people hearing a pun and thinking it was the real standard usage, as may have happened with, e.g., “oldtimer’s disease”. I forget what kem calls this kind of thing in his book.



#2 2019-01-24 19:23:00

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2697

Re: "to hell in a ham biscuit"

“Eggplants.” Though I also like Joe Krozel’s term for these pun-nurtured usages: achehorns

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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