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#1 2010-02-22 20:11:53

Registered: 2010-02-22
Posts: 1

"ice tea" instead of "iced tea"

I have seen this on many menus. I’m new to this, so I am not sure that this is a true eggcorn. I believe the origin for this is lazy pronunciation, failing to give appropriate enunciation of both consonants (“d” and “t”) in this combination. Anyway, here it is!



#2 2010-02-22 20:48:12

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1813

Re: "ice tea" instead of "iced tea"

Welcome, lawmel. This kind of thing is a point of contention among us at times. I’m convinced that grammar is in general meaningful, and thus inclined to be somewhat sympathetic to the view that a slight grammatical change like this one, be it inspired by lazy pronunciation or not, can constitute a kind of acorn. But I think we’re all in agreement that it is at best a subtle, not-very-striking sort of meaning change, and thus this would be, if an acorn at all, not a first-class one. Still, you’re demonstrating a good ear, and this is certainly a real variant.
I seem to remember (though I’m too lazy/busy to look it up at the moment) that what we now call ice cream was originally iced cream ; I would assume the etymological path would be parallel.

*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 .)



#3 2010-02-23 02:27:45

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

Re: "ice tea" instead of "iced tea"

Just like ‘skimmed milk’ turned into ‘skim milk.’



#4 2010-02-23 05:57:40

From: Spain
Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 354

Re: "ice tea" instead of "iced tea"

Serendipitously, this is being discussed on the Language Log:

On the plain in Spain where it mainly rains.



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