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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I’ve just seen “stand-up lamp” but it’s somewhat borderline as an eggcorn. A standard is apparently a long candle in a church which might explain “standard lamp”.
This from www.etymonline.com
mid-12c., “flag or other conspicuous object to serve as a rallying point for a military force,” from O.Fr. estandart, probably from Frank. *standhard, lit. “stand fast or firm,” a compound of words similar to Gothic standan “to stand” (see stand) and hardus “hard” (see hard). So called because the flag was fixed to a pole or spear and stuck in the ground to stand upright. The other theory connects the O.Fr. word to estendre “to stretch out,” from L. extendere (see extend). Meaning “unit of measure” is early 14c., from Anglo-Fr., where it was used 13c., and is perhaps metaphoric, the royal standard coming to stand for royal authority in matters like setting weights and measures. Hence the meaning “authoritative or recognized exemplar of quality or correctness” (late 15c.). Meaning “rule, principal or means of judgment” is from 1560s. That of “definite level of attainment” is attested from 1711 (e.g. standard of living, 1903). Some senses (e.g. “upright pole,” mid-15c.) seem to be influenced by stand (v.). Standard-bearer in the figurative sense is from 1560s.
Eggcornhood for “stand-up lamp”?
Arise, Lady (this one’s female, I surmise). I think it’s conceivably eggcorn-y-ish-like. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would think the “up” were necessary if he weren’t casting about for a phantom syllable. Another solution:
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Description: A dark golden stander lamp
I think that the notion of a “standard lamp” must be European. I’ve never heard it used, or if I did, I wouldn’t have recognized it for something beyond a vanilla light source. We do have “lamp standards” and “light standards” out on the street. Hmm, let’s check on that one:
For rent: bedroom with queen size bed, dresser, closet and light stander .
There are a couple of these stand up and be counted lamps (as opposed to the craven recumbent kind):
6 1/2’ street light-stand up.