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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2019-06-09 02:55:19

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 441

My sole mate

Unless I’m mistaken, which should be the start of all posts of mine, this hasn’t been properly explored.

My brother-in-law has just been described as ‘my sole mate’ by his wife on facebook. In her case, and in amongst the numerous deliberate puns (there’s a shoe shop called Sole mates), it’s hard to separate mere bad spelling of ‘soul’ with no recasting of its meaning from a fairly straightforward eggcorn: a mate for life. But it’s safe to assume that a large number of people may think that the latter is the expression and that ‘one mate’ is its meaning.

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



#2 2019-06-12 10:14:08

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2330

Re: My sole mate

There is a relevant post here , but you’re right that sole mate deserves its own entry. I’m with you in suspecting strongly that it may be eggcornish for anybody who spells well enough to differentiate and always spells the phrase that way.

Happy 48th Anniversary and you will always be my sole mate.

I guess after 48 years the chances are pretty good. (My sole soul mate and I just passed 49.)

*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 .)



#3 2019-06-12 12:36:26

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 1032

Re: My sole mate

Congratulations DT, and many more to come we hope.

Spelling/hearing/seeing may be a kind of blurry soup for many of us, and in this instance a d for t in pronunciation can yield an image of selfless care for one’s innermost essence:

I finished school , studied industrial engineering in University in Kaunas, Lithuania and met my husband who is my soul maid and best friend.

I am not just losing you, but I lost my best friend, my big rock and my soul maid for life.

For some, though, even this devotion is not enough:

No, I said said she was my soul maid. And I am not hiring her back. I am very happy with her replacement



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