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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Just read this today: “Of course, this assistance is sorrily needed by these people.” from http://oursicksociety.blogspot.com/2011 … verty.html
The sentence is about poor people needing public assistance. I’m pretty sure the author was thinking of the phrase “sorely needed”, but reinterpreted it as “sorrily needed”, as in, it’s a sorry thing that it’s needed, or that the author or unnamed people are sorry that it’s needed. Which doesn’t mean the same thing as “sorely needed”, but could probably be used in its place most times. Eggcorn?
Last edited by keri321 (2011-03-02 21:17:57)
Thanks for the welcome! I’m such a language nerd, I was super-excited when I “discovered” it, and had to report it =D
Very cool find, and it has such a familiar ring to it … I’m sure I’ve even used it in my unguarded moments! (So remind me to put this one on my top twenty list for 2011).
Though, I wonder if there are circumstances where “sorrily” is the correct choice and gets replaced by “sorely.” For instance, is it proper to say that someone is “sorrily missed” or “sorely missed”? Lots of examples of both on the web, and I must admit I need some clarification. (What exactly is a proper usage of “sorrily”?)
In Memory of Becky Shank | FacebookYou will be sorrily missed and loved for all time. You will never leave my heart or my mind, may you seek solace, and forever be at peace—Candi …
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25889563506 – Cached
Last edited by jorkel (2011-03-02 22:44:47)