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#1 2011-04-13 22:06:21

David Bird
Eggcornista
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1180

"biggering" for bickering

Bicker is a doughty word that’s been around for 700 years, coming from a M.Du. word for “attack, slash, stab”. Nowadays it means arguing back and forth about petty concerns. Biggering is a nice eggcorn, I think, when applied to arguments about who is bigger than the other.

Quit biggering about such small matters.
Comment on speed forum on need to update ranks

There will always be biggering amongst Democrats and Republicans
Pol forum

IT,S TIME TO LOVE EVERYBODY AND STOP THE BIGGERING AMONGST RACES AND RELIGIOUS.
Religion forum

But please, can’t we mind our manners, and stop biggering over such insignificant things?
Fanfic forum

This all seems like music has become a religion, and people are like catholics and protestants biggering over how the early works should be interpreted.
Trance music spat

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#2 2011-04-15 01:52:48

kem
Eggcornista
From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2143

Re: "biggering" for bickering

when applied to arguments about who is bigger than the other.

Makes sense to me. If it is an eggcorn, it is a clever reconceptualization of “bicker.”

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#3 2011-04-18 05:01:34

burred
Eggcornista
From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 943

Re: "biggering" for bickering

This seems to be a squash of bickering, being bitter, and perhaps arguing bitterly.

about that time Baez was bittering about him too
Dylan exegesis

I seem to have been turning up quite a few geologists bittering about a lack of jobs
Career choices

Instead of bittering amongst yourselves
College forum

Until they stop bittering amongst themselves none of this is going to work.
School district forum

can some members plz stop bittering like old women and stop having there personal arguments.
Sikh youth forum

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#4 2011-04-19 22:31:53

DavidTuggy
Eggcornista
From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1769
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Re: "biggering" for bickering

Somehow strikes me that the alternation snickering/sniggering is relevant, and perhaps blackguard/blaggard and maybe some others. Is there something inherently degrading-feeling about the voicing of the intervocalic k sound? Certainly biggering, sniggering blaggards seem more repulsive to me than their less vocal (more voiceless) counterparts.


*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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#5 2011-04-20 04:42:11

burred
Eggcornista
From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 943

Re: "biggering" for bickering

And there are even nastier words lurking in the background.

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