Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Ngram analyses tend to show that acorn and eggcorn are often born at roughly the same time, as surmised by Mark Liberman (anyone have the link?). I wonder if something similar is not happening today with the phrases crowd sourcing and cloud sourcing. The coinage crowdsourcing is due to writer Jeff Howe of Wired magazine, in the article , from June 2006. Crowd sourcing involves an open call to a large undefined group of people for help with a problem that would usually be solved by you or your own company. Cloud computing, perhaps not coincidentally, was also a hot buzzphrase in 2006-2007. Cloud computing refers to the use of computer services over a network rather than based your own machine. Cloud sourcing, as a conscious or unconscious blend of the two, is now being bruited about widely. Here is a reference to cloud sourcing that is not different from a crowd source: http://kayhebbourn.hubpages.com/hub/Clo … eek-to-Me. It is possible that the original minting of crowdsourcing was already influenced by cloud computing, which would have been part of the wired buzzome at the time ().