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#1 2010-01-26 01:56:02

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1148

"higharchy" for "hierarchy"

Ken Lakritz found higherarchy in 2005. That’s the comparative, and it’s a natural eggcornish interpretation of the spoken word hierarchy. On the radio the more modest higharchy is easier to spot, and that’s where I heard it recently.

The word hierarchy has probably developed the meaning it has from an eggcornical notion that it contains some reference to height, and therefore to rank. It originally signified “sacred governance” or “a leader of sacred rites,” from hieros, “sacred”, and archein, “to lead”. It made its way into English from M.L. via O.Fr., and came to be applied to ranked organizations at the beginning of the 17th c., where it was “probably influenced by higher.”

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simbolic weapons depitict higharchy in their culture. in fact the only language they had was a gerring noise and symbolisim.

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the students who went around a pretty much killed all the communist (Stalinist) higharchy and forced capitalists to either reform our die.

Those socialists Bush and Cheney Within American National Socialism is a high archy of people who are inept and who have risen to the top

The same radical is found in hieroglyphics. I found only one “higheroglyphics,” from evangelical writings from 1852. This reference does not make the connection to “sacred writings,” considering them profane.

There is a mass of testimony from ancient profane history, especially as drawn from the monuments paintings and higheroglyphics of that day, which confirms this inference.

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#2 2013-02-16 05:42:25

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 577

Re: "higharchy" for "hierarchy"

Today I encountered this in a YouTube comment:

No one owns anonymous it has no higharchy

Googling yielded 485 hits, a few of them possibly puns, but most apparently the eggcorn. Just thought I’d bring it up in case someone here hasn’t seen this one before.

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