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#1 2012-08-09 07:22:19

Registered: 2008-03-13
Posts: 4

crammed into >> cramped into

Just came across this:
“Last week, more than 90,000 Jews cramped into a New Jersey football stadium …” … teinsaltz/

A Google search turned up more similar references than I expected. For example,
“People being Cramped into a train in China”

“In word 2007, I want to view and edit the footnote separator, but in Draft View the whole text of the document is cramped into the left hand…” … b42724dd62

I kind of like the idea of pain elided with the image of extreme lack of space.

Is this an eggcorn?



#2 2012-08-09 09:16:27

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

Re: crammed into >> cramped into

“Cramp” for “cram” is a likely eggcorn. The two words are part of a “big fuzzy spot” that includes other “cr-” words. In the earlier discussion of this spot I noted that “cramp” can become “cram” (e.g., “crams my style”), but I didn’t mention the round-tripper, “cramp” for “cram” (“cramped in a stadium”). Thank you for adding it.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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