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#1 2007-11-15 15:07:32

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 871

'cacoughany' for 'cacophony'

‘Cacophony’ means harsh, discordant noise or sound, from kakos “bad, evil” + phone “voice.” Coughing makes a harsh and discordant noise, and it seems reasonable to suppose that those using a ‘cacoughany’ spelling may have made some association between the two and have entered, therefore, eggcorn territory. On the other hand, mis-spellings abound; there are many hits too for ‘cacoffiny,’ though mainly from heavy metal purveyors flirting with necrophilia.

... three full seconds of silence that followed before Tom Reynolds exploded with a cacoughany of laughter and saliva all over the rednecks’ swollen face. ... – 44k – Cached

... movie when the manifold finally gave way under their evil yet devastating efforts and my car roared into a cacoughany of puffing, snapping, screeching, ... – 25k – Cached

Everything from three massive macaws down to dozens of teeny finches make an unbelievable cacoughany. I wince, barely managing to not cover my ears. “Greys? ... – 39k – Cached



#2 2007-11-15 16:00:23

Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Re: 'cacoughany' for 'cacophony'

I also like the way that “ca-cough” creates a pair of sounds as if the “ca” were a lead-in for greater emphasis on the second syllable. (Reminiscent of “ka-ching” as the sound of a cash register). Nice pickup Peter.

Last edited by jorkel (2007-11-17 14:54:03)



#3 2009-08-23 08:31:33

Chris Waigl
Eggcorn Faerie
From: London, UK
Registered: 2005-10-14
Posts: 115

Re: 'cacoughany' for 'cacophony'



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