Eggcorn Forum

Discussions about eggcorns and related topics

You are not logged in.


Registrations are currently closed because of a technical problem. Please send email to if you wish to register.

The forum administrator reserves the right to request users to plausibly demonstrate that they are real people with an interest in the topic of eggcorns. Otherwise they may be removed with no further justification. Likewise, accounts that have not been used for posting may be removed.

Thanks for your understanding.

Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2012-01-28 18:56:43

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

this guy is just trying to intimatedate you

When intimidating is broken between lines of text, it looks like intimi—dating. I ran across that split and wondered if others had built an image based on dating. The hits I found are so strange that I hesitate to say they are eggcorns, though they do quack that way. Getting in your face can be intimate, in a sense, I guess.

ah yes but that brother looks like he can handle that bow he looks like he could protect her rather well. and he still intimatedate’s her sometimes even now … _next=prev

But for pete’s sake this guy is just trying to intimatedate you. Tell him to go ahead and sue you. … -he-2.html

I and one of the other jurist had a gentleman try to intimatedate us. … -statement

i live in the bad side of La most of my life no small town guy was going to intimatedate me know matter how tall and muscler he was. … werewolf-2



#2 2012-01-29 11:06:45

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2589

Re: this guy is just trying to intimatedate you

Looks to me like a case of the semantic snuggles.

Two more examples with the component words divided. Unfortunately, they are from transcripts:

CNN newsroom transcript: “. David Letterman did exactly the right thing, which is to mock those folks who try to intimate date through fear. ”

Another transcript of a politician: “But the government can’t be intimate dated by that”

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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