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#1 2010-02-24 10:43:56

mattbarros
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"convenient store" instead of "convenience store"

I’m not sure if this counts. A friend of mine recently caught me over g-chat. I think it’s phonologically motivated: since we have a nasal, voiceless fricative sequence, we get an excrescent voiceless stop ([kən’vinjənts ‘stɔr]).

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#2 2010-02-24 13:28:35

DavidTuggy
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Re: "convenient store" instead of "convenience store"

Hi, Matt, and welcome. This is another of those grammar switches (like the recently discussed iced tea ) that, in my view at least, can constitute a kind of eggcorn but are not the “best” kind. Still, a store that is convenient is not the same concept (though it easily can be applied to many if not all of the same class of entities) as a store that sells conveniences or that is there for your convenience.
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The switch between the adjectival/specific nominal ending – nt(s) and the abstract nominal – nce is quite common, I think: I have collected quite a few instants/instances of it myself, for instants:

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