Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
While the bell-ringer may be toiling hard to get the bell to sound, the bell doesn’t “toil” – it “tolls”. Seems to be a rather common eggcorn, of over 8 kiloghits (though some of that may be fake).
See http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-219309565.html for an example.
The toiling of the bell-ringer seems rather beside the point, to me. I can sort of see the bell itself as toiling, though the unrest of roiling may be in there as well. (The moaning and the groaning of the bells and so forth.) I do not find big-bell music, by and large, to be restful (I have lived on a second story across a narrow street from a Mexican Catholic church); a carillon, of course, is a different animal. Still, I would guess it is more a malapropism than an eggcorn (i.e. people just think it is the proper word for a bell being rung; they don’t think about the laborious meanings of toil in so doing.)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .