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#1 2010-06-26 18:12:36

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1193

"deshoveled" for disheveled

The word “disheveled” is well nigh impossible for English speakers to parse. It comes from O.Fr. descheveler, meaning “with hair in disarray”, and ultimately from L. capillus, or “hair”. Though originally for the coif, it has come to be applied to general disorder, of dress or environment.

I like the idea that an unkept appearance is deshoveled, with different parts shoved this way and that, or perhaps with a hairdo that looks as though it has suffered clumsy spadework.

Bad Santa costume
Also part of this bad Santa Claus costume is you’re going to look more deshoveled. Your main top is going to be unzipped.

Daytime tv forum
she is so beautiful and talented but her style is so deshoveled and messy

Partisan rants
He is starting to look dishoveled and misplaced

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#2 2010-06-27 15:56:40

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2153

Re: "deshoveled" for disheveled

Prima. The examples on the web number in the hundreds.

One web site, a news channel report (“Police say he looks dish-shoveled and could be homeless) manages to stack a dish next to the shovel. Shoveling with a dish? Shoveling food into the mouth from a dish?

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#3 2010-06-27 16:17:48

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1193

Re: "deshoveled" for disheveled

Dish-shoveling. That’s the only way my kitchen might be cleaned today, unfortunately.
Another alternative: disleveled.

Online fiction
His disleveled pitch black hair was tussled and he had a dazed look on his face.

Turns out tussled and tousled come from the same root, though I would count tussled here as an eggcorn.

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#4 2014-01-25 15:48:57

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 951

Re: "deshoveled" for disheveled

I love how his hair looks kind of dis-shuffled around the bangs area
fandom

None of the phones work in the store and it looks a little disshuffled.
store review

with ur casually disshuffled hair, faded plaid, trendy sweaters, oxford shoes and oversized backpacks
board

As opposed to neatly shuffled.

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#5 2014-01-29 18:22:44

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2153

Re: "deshoveled" for disheveled

Disshuffled. In some ways, the easiest permutation in this group.

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#6 2014-07-24 17:13:31

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2153

Re: "deshoveled" for disheveled

David mentioned “tussled” for “tousled” above. See also a 2007 report of this eggcorn.

More of the thousands of examples of “tussled hair” for “tousled hair:”

Video label: “slightly tussled hair on Hank”

Newspaper article: “He shuffles to the kitchen for coffee where he meets Premier Christy Clark, whose unevenly tussled hair makes it obvious she slept on her right side.”

Another newspaper: “Earlier in the evening, Vergne—in a dark suit and with his characteristic tussled hair swept neatly off his face—greeted guests streaming into the outdoor bar.”

“Tussled hair” shows up in current published sources at two percent of the frequency of “tousled hair.” See this Google Ngram.

I predict that “tussled hair” will displace “tousled hair” within fifty years. Straight-haired and bald people who insist on using “tousled” will be banished to a high-humidity island off the coast of Brazil and forced to wear curly wigs.

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