Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
A determinedly pushy person can shoulder through a crowd. But someone who keeps doggedly going despite all obstacles (not just crowds) is “soldiering on.” Since “soldier” is rarely used as a verb in modern English, it’s not surprising that a lot of people think that the expressions is “shouldering on.”
There’s a detailed discussion of this one at http://trochee.livejournal.com/154006.html.
This one looks awfully familiar. I know we’ve seen it in the Forum here at least once before:
(One can Google soldier shoulder eggcorn)
It might have appeared before that one as well, but I didn’t check too closely.
Actually, both of these are the same post—Trochee cross-posted to both her livejournal account and the forum. It’s a good post, and it’s too bad we never heard from her again (though her blog was updated as recently as October 5th).
Well, feel free—I’m listening, at any rate.
I spotted a particularly apt “shoulders on” in a blog comment about First Lady Michelle Obama: “THIS IS MICHELLE. No other first family has been scrutinised like this one (not in my lifetime) but she shoulders on and it honestly looks as if the scrutiny is a blessing because I truly believe that it has made her a stronger and much more confident woman.” Mrs. Obama’s arms and shoulders have, indeed, been the subject of much admiring attention. Here’s the link to the post, which carries the redundant title “Evening Soiree”:
Shouldering on is an exquisite eggcorn. Not as good, but interesting in its own quiet, determined way, is sojourning on.
From the conversations I’ve had with the crew during my various journeys, the majority of employees are sojourning on in spite of management!
I didn’t know if Sonja and Daniel were together, or if she had been telling the truth, and despite her best intentions, Sonja had just been sojourning on in nothing more than unrequieted love.
Unrequieted love! I didn’t notice that until the forum spellchecker underpinked it. I’ll have to add it to Joe’s “unrequired love” post.