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Chris -- 2011-03-08
“Eligible” occasionally replaces “legible” in descriptions of handwriting. A few of the hundreds of examples on the web are given below. Some of these replacements are probably eggcorns – legible writing is writing that is eligible to be read.
: “Print or write eligibly your complete last name when entering a … note.”
: “He found out in that time that Akane could already read, swim, and do basic math. She couldn’t ride a bike or write eligibly yet however.”
: “The texts in French and English should be typed (or in eligible handwriting ) after the card. ”
: “Just make sure its in eligible handwriting. It makes a bad impression if the handwriting is terrible.” [sometimes choosing the wrong word can also give a bad impression]
[Is this something common? Do Irish priests charge too much?]: “The Embassy recommends the forms be type out, or clear and eligible handwriting be used. ”
The phrase “eligible handwriting” also serves as a substitute for “illegible handwriting,” a slip that may convey a sense opposite to what is intended.
The switch can go in the other direction, with “legible” replacing “eligible,” , but the reshaping has, in my opinion, low eggcorn potential.