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#1 2010-02-24 05:43:56

Registered: 2010-02-24
Posts: 1

"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]).

Last edited by mattbarros (2010-02-24 05:44:58)



#2 2010-02-24 08:28:35

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 1902

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.
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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