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#1 2006-08-22 12:04:35

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1456

"handle with KIT gloves" (kid)

Google counts on Aug 22, 2006
1270 “with kit gloves”
230,000 “with kid gloves”
Analysis by Joe Krozel

The standard phrase is “treat with kid gloves.” Gloves made of the skin of a young goat were considered softer than those made of leather. So, to treat with kid gloves means to handle delicately.

The eggcorn which derives from the standard phrase is “treat with kit gloves.” We can all envision a pair of gloves included with a kit. So, in using those “kit gloves” (rather than no gloves at all), one is taking due care.

kid glove. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English …... soft leather, especially kidskin. IDIOM:, with kid gloves Tactfully and cautiously: had to handle the temperamental artist with kid gloves. ... – 19k – Cached – Similar pages

Young set to make his pro debut tonight with the Titans… every other team treats their proclaimed annual golden child with kit gloves. It’ll be interesting to watch Young learn that in professional football, ... … html?imw=Y – 65k – Cached – Similar pages

Singer’s Discordant Notes: The Borg Attacks Wall Street! Humans on …You know, the little guy gets hammered and the big guy gets treated with kit gloves, the same old double standard that always seems to apply. – 57k – Cached – Similar pages

RC User Reviews: Sony RM-AV3000 Remote Control (1)It was treated with kit gloves and still broke. I called Sony and they admitted there have been many design problems with this remote but it only had a 60- ... – 40k – Cached – Similar pages



#2 2017-09-04 09:51:22

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1338

Re: "handle with KIT gloves" (kid)

You got to be kitting me, how can that be. … 2732761844

Same basic eggcorn, but in this sort of usage it may not be an eggcorn, as I don’t see any plausible meaning connection.

Last edited by Dixon Wragg (2017-09-04 09:56:31)



#3 2017-09-04 12:56:59

From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 189

Re: "handle with KIT gloves" (kid)

Yes, Dixon, I think it’s just a lack of knowledge of the word, since in most US dialects, “kitting” and “kidding” are pronounced nearly the same if no emphasis is being given.

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