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#1 2011-01-31 23:16:19

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

Uttered nonsense

Possibly another stealth eggcorn. This time the adjective “utter” in “utter nonsense” is misunderstood to be a verb with a vastly different meaning. This could be an intentional reshaping or even an incidental one, but still I wonder.

Here it is in modified form (uttered)...

The Churchman – Google Books Result
1883 – Religion
And, with an inconsistency which we leave others to explain, the same journals printed in full every scrap of his uttered nonsense. While some derided and …
books.google.com/books?id=hCDnAAAAMAAJ…

Nails keep getting hammered, new Samsung3 posts – 2 authors – Last post: Nov 1, 2009
He is so trapped by his uttered nonsense. From the k-rumors page: Mount: Samsung NX Sensor: 23.4×15.6mm APS-C CMOS 14.6 mega pixels (1.5x) ...
www.photokb.com/.../Nails-keep-getting- … ew-Samsung – CachedGet more discussion results

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#2 2011-02-01 14:29:07

burred
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From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 948

Re: Uttered nonsense

I love it. A natural. I think you maybe right about the stealthiness of utter as well. Both senses, the adjective complete and the verb speak, do come from the same root, outer.

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