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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Now that we are picking up eggcorns almost in the second they are laid, it gets harder to find the 1000 ghitters, and easier to just with a precious singleton. The following are some of the googlenonces I’ve encountered since last April 1. Some of them deserve more than the they’re dressed in here, and they should be linked to their simblings on the forum, but just putting them in this list was enough for today.
It would seem that I have a penchant, borne out of fear, to browbeat, ridicule and manipulate others in order to walk away with a pyrite victory and its inevitable backwash: retrenchment in those on the other side of the argument.
regrets and ruemination
wanting very much to sing, but feeling parched. I’m sorry, but beer doesn’t slick my thirst
http://redvsblue.com/members/journal/en … id=2189036
I call the preceding as a blend of snub someone, turn up your nose, stick your nose in the air, and stub your toe.
The next one might be advertent. Let’s hope so.
Special categories The following was a deuce, but that’s like a double nonce.
This isn’t over; not by a long shock.
http://www.kryptonsite.com/forums/showt … 61&page=19
The next was a nonce – and only one hit, till now, although there are lots of “animometers”:
Acorns: Pyrrhic victory, minions, balmy, rumination, fuse, slake, sojourner, Dolby, raise, boggling, brute, massive, chalk, anemometer, anemophily, anemochory.
Last edited by burred (2011-04-02 12:47:21)
Wonderful! Simply wonderful! Thanks, Tocayo. I needed that today.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
Oh! I’m glad then. Here’s some more tonic. What doesn’t kill you…
The first Annie Lehmann is probably advertent.
Two health symptom variants: not for the squirmish.
There are now three new hits for the next one (the original nonce hit is now gone). They usually refer to ways to damage someone in a game.
A booth may be a place where you encounter boosterism from the sales staff.
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No power lifting no callousthenics...nothing for a year. I didn’t take that very well….I was already past my drug stage so luckily I didn’t go back
I can’t vouch for the next one; too good to be true.
Now, I use that that paragonic paradigm of words—to wit, “object”, “objective”, “objectivity”—slightly different than most folks ouside the craft of lensmaking, relating them all to their founder, the Greek “pragma”, if not to its Sandsgrit ancestors
Those Canadians and their hockey:
Acorns: anabolic, hematochezia, borborygmus, brachial, booth, calisthenics, summons, dovecote, haphazard, hash, avarice, potpourri, Sanskrit, stigmatize, meditation.
Some of those are four-barrel funny, David. I especially like “not by a long shock.”
“Not by a long shot” is ambiguous, isn’t it? “Long shot” can have two meanings: a long ways or a risky venture. In “not by a long shot,” the first meaning must be at work. But if you hear in the phrase “not by a long shot” the second meaning of “long shot,” the risky venture, the full idiom seems to mean the opposite of what it really does. Anyway, “long shock” is so much more vivid.
Why yes, I should have thought that “a long shock” was more probably related to a shot than to chalk. I used the to find that these phrases appeared more or less together, but that chalk is on the way out, not surprisingly. “Not by a long whiteboard marker” doesn’t cut it.
It’s also true that there is something doubly negative about “not by a long shot”. I think you’ve properly nailed that too. It looks as though the long shot in the latter might be similar to the meaning of “a long chalk”, as in a significant advance or a large separation. It seems likely that there was cross-chatter at some point between the two expressions.
Later: The n-gram is my new favourite toy. It suggests that “a long chalk” was spawned from “a long shot”, somewhere in the 1830s. Both and sources favour “a long shot”, but only British books prefer “not by a long chalk” over “not by a long shot”.
Last edited by burred (2011-04-03 18:21:26)
David, these are some of the best I’ve ever seen! “A short refuse”, “ruemination”, “bomby”, “pyrite victory”, “mass of headache”—stop, you’re killin’ me! LMFAO!!!