Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.

Announcement

Registrations are temporarily closed as we're receiving a steady stream of registration spam.

Anyone who wishes to register, please email me at chris dot waigl at gmail dot com with the desired username and a valid email address, and I will register you manually.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2011-03-08

#1 2011-11-22 22:31:40

TootsNYC
Eggcornista
Registered: 2007-06-19
Posts: 263

"hostel" for "hostile"--an eggcorn?

I ran into this usage on someone’s blog

“Then he [Clinton] worked with what could be characterized as the most hostel Congress in history for the last six years of his administration, ”

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/04/25 … 1938-2004/

I thought it was interesting, and I wonder why he thinks that’s the right spelling, and if there’s any connection in his mind between this meaning and the meaning of “hostel” that we all know: “a place where strangers stay in a foreign country.”

Offline

 

#2 2011-11-23 19:14:52

David Bird
Eggcornista
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1184

Re: "hostel" for "hostile"--an eggcorn?

Good to hear from you, Toots. I’m guessing that this is a phonetic spelling from someone who has heard it pronounced as “hostel.” It must be one of those cases where the perp might wonder about the connection, but probably couldn’t provide a justification if you asked. I can’t think of one.

Offline

 

Board footer

Powered by PunBB
PunBB is © 2002–2005 Rickard Andersson
Individual posters retain the copyright to their posts.

RSS feeds: active topicsall new posts