Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I’m sure those of you who watch Dexter know what I’m talking about. For the longest time I thought it was “blood splatter” and looking at Google results, I’m not alone.
Don’t know how well known it is, but it IS a real branch of forensics. I don’t know if it’s well-known enough to be ‘eggcorn’ material, but its notoriety definitely increased ever since Dexter became a hit TV show.
Last edited by zak (2012-11-01 12:36:39)
It’s not clear to me that this is an eggcorn. Is there any difference in meaning between spatter and splatter? Etymonline suggests that splatter might have originated as a blend of splash and spatter.
“Spatter” and “splatter” are not quite the same, to me at least. “Spatter” emphasizes the scattering of something either of a drop-like nature or a drop-like size. “Splatter” seems to focus on the impact itself, not just on the result, with implications of a subdued, liquidy sound. When you open the wrong end of a bag of frozen peas, they spatter across the floor, but they don’t really splatter.