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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2020-05-19 07:56:28

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2431

making up to

Just noticed an interesting little structural ambivalence I don’t remember seeing before. Not an eggcorn, of course, but that same sense of two ways to take the same thing is central to eggcorns as well.
A package of ground coffee advertises (in all caps, of course) that it “MAKES UP TO 113 CUPS”. Of course, “up to n measureNs”, meaning “as many as n Ns” is a very well established structure in English, but so is “makes up (in)to N”, and it struck me the second way first: this package, if all goes well, does indeed make up to be 113 cups of coffee. Hmm.

*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 .)



#2 2020-06-23 16:20:39

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2761

Re: making up to

So the issue is whether “up” is part of the phrasal verb “makes up” or the two-word preposition “up to.”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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