Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.


Registrations were closed for a long time because of forum spam, but I have re-opened them on a trial basis.

The forum administrator (chris dot waigl at gmail dot com) reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2006-09-16 13:39:56

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

SICKOfant (Sycophant)

Google counts on Sept 16, 2006
629,000 sycophant
9080 PSYCHOphant + 2490 PSYCHOfant
979 SICKOphant + 3880 SICKOfant
Analysis by Joe Krozel

A sycophant is a person who curries favor. Clearly it is already a derisive term, but to make it more so there is probably much intentional substitution of “psycho” and “sicko” for the first two syllables. The Urban Dictionary even carries a definition of a sickofant.

Urban Dictionary: Author Beccasickophant, Apr 22, 2005. noun: derived from the word “sick”, a sickophant is someone that “sickifies… 45. Cool Cat, Apr 20, 2005 … – 14k – Cached – Similar pages
[ More results from ]

But, even though most usage is intentional, the question is whether there is ever sufficient UNINTENDED usage to qualify it as an eggcorn. I guess it depends on finding examples that carry two core features: 1. Unintended usage, and 2. Belief in the alternative imagery. At best, I’m likely to find examples where the utterer simply assumes “sicko” is a shortened version of some longer word “sickofant.”

Drunken Philosophies and RantingsThough perhaps you are a sickofant who craves a dangerous occupation with no benefits , low wage , and dictatorial bosses . Ya freak . . . ... – 29k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages – CommentsIt turns you into a delusional sickofant that votes for the democrat candidate. the doctor of democracy | 05.17.06 – 6:26 pm | # ... – Similar pages

Danger Will Robinson – forumsWell , apart from Steve admiting to being some kind of apprentice sickofant , here goes . Story 1 . While working in a Safeway plantroom , on a weekend … … php?p=1729 – 42k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

JOBVENT – Rate a Company/EmployerJob Security: Again, depends on your abilities of being a sickofant. Under no circumstance should you show greater intellect than your managers. ... – 6k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages



Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts