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#1 2010-01-27 02:18:32

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

"wild far" for wildfire

A frontiersman’s eggcorn: “wild far” for wildfire. Seems too cute to be real, I filed it here on “other” until proven eggcornish.

shudder Internet advertising This is spreading like wildfar around the blogosphere, so let’s hope it’s not all hype…

too much info on MySpace And yeah mann the herpes are spreading like wild far but sucks for you.your face looks wayy worse than my coochie ha guess u get what you pay for.

Risks of social media The news spread like wild far with chain emails urging people to boycott Starbucks.

Favourite fast food joint They popep up everywhere spreading like wild far as interest was inflated.

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#2 2010-01-27 03:47:06

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1751
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Re: "wild far" for wildfire

Eggcornish would be my guess: spreading wild and far makes very good sense.
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Somewhat related:

Pain. It spread like widefire through his body as the crimson blood flowed.

it’s spreading like wildflower

it’s been growing like wildflower

news and bios of the band whose popularity is growing like wildflowers.

It’ll spread like wired-file…wildfire

In the United States, from the 17th century on, it spread wildly and intermittently to innumerable places.

The disease is wild spread and many people are infected.

“Growing like wildflowers” and “spreading wildly” might well be eggcorns if they are truly standard for anybody. I know a person for whom I suspect that “growing like wildflower” (no -s) may be standard, but I cannot really ask her, and I would not be surprised if she did say “wildfire” next time. (She is a goal mind for bloopers of many sorts.)


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#3 2010-01-27 05:12:16

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2101

Re: "wild far" for wildfire

“Spread like wildflowers” is in the Eggcorn Database.

Last edited by kem (2010-01-27 05:13:01)

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#4 2010-01-27 05:17:30

David Bird
Eggcornista
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

Re: "wild far" for wildfire

Wonderful additions, David. I loved “spread like wildflower,” even if it’s been spotted before (I thought it looked familiar). Bulwer-Lytton award: it spread wildly and intermittently to innumerable places.

Your post sent me looking for a long shot. This gnonce must come from a pastry cook:

Special babyseat prices cause a stir on mother board
Apparently it had been on since Nov. 16 some places were saying and i guess it took a day or two to spread like wildflour.

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#5 2010-01-27 08:54:36

Peter Forster
Eggcornista
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 814

Re: "wild far" for wildfire

Another variant is this yoof-speakish one which is popular with non-native speakers:

... HEARTS HAVE BECOME SO BITTER AND DARK AS SOON AS YOU HEAR SOMETHING BAD YOU SCATTER IT LIKE DRY LEAF IN THE WIND AND BURN IT TO SPREAD LIKE WHILE FIRE . . .

and stop corrupting the people with their racial sickness which spreads like while fire when crime and injustice occurs. Insider …

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