Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Seen on a news comments forum today. The misinterpretation of “false” as “faults”, though awkward, is sufficiently eggcornish, I think, to submit to the forum. There are several dozen of these on the web. It falls somewhere between a mondegreen and an eggcorn. The sense is “faulty claims”.
Other instances of false >> faults might make more sense. Take this example, where “faults teeth” might be taken as “teeth to replace faults”.
Or this, again to make up for defaults.
Last edited by David Bird (2010-04-22 18:36:47)
In the South, it is very common for the “ls” combination to add a “t” in the middle. Examples are “faltse”, “saltsa” and “eltse”. If these people are used to hearing and saying “faltse”, they could easily spell if “faults”, so it could be a misspelling rather than an eggcorn.