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#1 2013-01-01 15:34:10

David Bird
Eggcornista
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

The time has come to choose your favourite eggcorns of this year’s haul. Please choose as many or as few as you’d like, but 10 is a sober goal. In years past, different lists of favourites have had surprisingly little overlap, so your participation will ensure that no good ones are overlooked. Or perhaps it’s not surprising.
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Following the procedure of the best of 2011 list, the list is split into three craw-size pieces, in alphabetical order. The format is “eggcorn << acorn | finder”. Clicking on the link will allow you read the accompanying evidence and weigh the supporting arguments, if any such could be found.
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Here are the contenders from A to E.
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abstainately << obstinately | Kem
ace in the hold << hole | Kem
act rushly << rashly | DB
acts for << ask for | buzwha
affictation << affectation | DB
air message << error | larrybob
all in the same vote << boat | DB
animalsity << animosity | DB
animalisity << animosity | kem
animalosity << animosity | larrybob
aqua vite or vitae? | DB
arguous << arduous | Peter
as bigger problem << as big a problem | JuanTwoThree
ass and nine << assenine | DB
at lip << ad lib | DB
attension << attention | Kem
attention scan << span | Kem
awful << offal | JuanTwoThree
bannedished << banished | Peter
blandished << banished | DB
bandished << banished | DB
barrow white << wight | DB
baste << based | Dixon
bawl bearer << pallbearer | DB
beasty lips << beesting | DB
beer hall punch << putsch | Peter
beer hall push << putsch | Kem
bell out << bail out | DB
bent up anger << pent up | DB
beyond and end all/ball and end all | JuanTwoThree
bird ox << burdocks | DB
blazen hussy << brazen hussy | JuanTwoThree
blazing hussy << brazen hussy | JuanTwoThree
blood splatter analysis << spatter | zak
blow a casket << gasket | Paul Brians
blow job << below job | Tom Neely
board line << borderline | PCleary
boarder line << borderline | Peter
boat is still out << vote | DB
bode of contention << bone | Kem
bold upright << bolt upright | Peter
bologna whale << beluga | DB
bath bomb << balm | DB
bomb of contention << bone | DB
bonk bed << bunk bed | Kem
boon of contention << bone | DB
born of contention << bone | Peter
bosun << boson | JuanTwoThree
bottley function << bodily | DB
bottom of the barrow << barrel | JuanTwoThree
bow of contention << bone | DB
brainy points << brownie | Peter
brawny points << brownie | Peter
brazen speed << blazing speed | Kem
brick neck speed << breakneck speed | Peter
brink neck speed << breakneck speed | Peter
broader line << borderline | Catherine R
browning points < brownie | will
buns and burner << Bunsen burner | Adam and Joe contributor
burnstone << brimstone | DB
butt ox << buttocks | lawyer thread
butt oxen << buttocks | DB
calm and sense << common sense | fishmatt
canapé jar << canopic | DB
canonic jar << canopic | larrybob
capo tunnel << carpal | DB
capsule (hidden eggcorn) | Kem
cardioid artery << carotid | larrybob
carotid archery << artery | larrybob
car-pull << carpal | DB
carroted artery << carotid | Peter
caryatid artery << carotid | larrybob
charioted artery << carotid | JuanTwoThree
Charlotte << shallot | DB
charm in << chime in | DB
cherry stop << Terry stop | lawyer thread
chime her way in << charm | Peter
choke-a-bloke << chock-a-block | DB
chomping at the bait << at the bit | DB
Christmas activity scene << Nativity | | [DB] community thread
chumped << trumped up | DB
cloistered around << clustered | Kem
close but no sugar << cigar | reddit
clotted artery << carotid | DB
cloud << crowd sourcing | DB
clustered nuns << cloistered | Kem
co rotted artery << carotid | DB
coevil << coeval | Kem
coma dosed << comatose | DB
coma-toes << comatose | DB
comemberate << commemorate | Kem
compound << kampong | JuanTwoThree
computer sassy << savvy | DB
concave << conclave + cave | Kem
concentration prize << consolation | Dixon
conciliation prize << consolation | Dixon
condensending << condescending | Dixon
condolation prize << consolation | Kem
conknive << connive | Kem
constapasted << constipated | DB
constoppated << constipated | DB
contension << contention | Kem
coolition << coalition | larrybob
copathetic < copacetic | DB
copestatic << copacetic | Ry Cooder
corrail << corral | Kem
corrupted artery << carotid | DB
cough a plea << cop | DB
cramped into << crammed into | RochelleTr
crucible << cross | Kem
cunniving << conniving + cunning | larrybob
cupboard box << cardboard box | JuanTwoThree
cupsule << capsule | DB
cushy, fanfare (hidden eggcorns) | Kem
cut me to the chase << cut to the chase | Dixon
cut some snack << slack | DB
cut some stack << slack | Peter
cut to the choice << chase | Andrew
cut to the quick << to the chase | Dixon
cuts deeper than the chase to the quick/cut to the chase to the quick/beat me to the quick/beat me to the cut/cut-throat quick-to-the-chase/gut-throat/gut to the quick/gut to the chase | DB

cut/head him off at the path << at the pass | larrybob
cutterage << curettage | larrybob
damson fly << damsel fly | Peter
daringer << derringer | Kem
dawn the attire << don | tumblr
deability/deabilitating << debility/debilitating | Kem
debticated << dedicated | DB
Delhi Lama << Dalai | DB
delicates << delegates | DB
deliverate << deliberate | larrybob
dillinger << derringer | Kem
dime in << chime in | DB
dimmerol << demerol | Kem
disbanned/disban << disband | larrybob
disburse << disperse | Dixon
disgarded << discarded | Dixon
dovetell << dovetail | Kem
dull-edged sword << double-edged | DB
dumpling ground << dumping | JuanTwoThree
echosystem << ecosytem | Kem
educate << etiquette | DB
encaptulate << encapsulate + capture | Petr
enthrilled << enthralled | Kem
episodic << epizootic | larrybob
ethos << ether | reddit
evil in carnage << incarnate | tumblr
exaggerbate << exaggerate/exacerbate | Kem
extrament << excrement | DB
eye browse << brows | DB
eyebrush << eyelash | DB
eyelush << eyelash | DB
eyes welded up << welled up | DB

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#2 2013-01-01 15:36:06

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

Contenders from F to N.
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faith accompli << fait | DB
fate-a/fata complete << fait accompli | DB
faun over << fawn over | larrybob
fawn over (hidden eggcorn) | Kem and larrybob
fearlous << fearless | buzwha
feetish << fetish | Kem
feign to admit << fain | Kem
feminine wilds << wiles | DB
Feta Morgana << Welsh cheese | Peter
fierceful << fierce/ fearful | Dixon
fish and ships << chips | DB
flame << phlegm | DB
flaming yon << filet mignon | DB
flay mignon << filet mignon | DB
floor flushing << fourflushing | Kem
flume << phlegm | DB
flunked << flubbed | larrybob
foreign height << fahrenheit | DB
forerunner << front-runner | Dixon
foulable << fallible | vexact
foulacy << fallacy | DB
foulic symbol << phallic | JuanTwoThree
four bears << forebears | JuanTwoThree
fourk << fork | Kem
fragment of your imagination << figment | Kem
from pillow to post << from pillar to post | DB
fruit toast << fructose | DB
fruit toes << fructose | larrybob
fuhrer << furor | DB
funeral repass << repast | dmargulis
furoar << furor | Kem
gambit/ambit/amid/amber fuzzy spot | DB/Kem/Dixon
gambol <<>> gamble | Kem
gardening angel << guardian | DB
garroted artery << carotid | DB
gas-kit << gasket | DB
GermHuns << Germans | Kem
gift vulture << voucher | DB
glit << one glitch | Peter
glitz << glitch | Peter
go down << godong | David Crystal
grasping at stars << grasping at straws | DB
great minds think a lot << alike | reddit
grimstone << brimstone | Peter
Haida bed << hide-a-bed | DB
hail or high water << hell or high water | Peter
happen << habit | Dixon
haricot veins << beans | DB
hawk << hock | Dixon
Heinz sight << hindsight | ELU
hell in a handcasket << handbasket | Kem
hemlock maneuver << Heimlich | DB
hemlock remover << Heimlich maneuver | DB
high caliper << calibre | Dixon
high genius << hygienist | DB
high glass << class | DB
highbrow << eye brow | Kem
higher cynth/synth << Hyacinth | DB
hines sight << hindsight | DB
hingemen << henchmen | Kem
hirocliffs << hieroglyphs | larrybob
horn << hone | DB
hunt << haunt | larrybob
hurdle << hurl | Kem
husher << usher | DB
ice floor << floe | DB
ideate << idiot | DB
illing << ailing | DB
impudent <<>> important | larrybob
in a blue mood << blue moon | DB
in tell << until | Dixon
incultivate << inculcate | DB
indeded << indebted | Kem
infaces << emphasis | CatherineR
infective << invective | Kem
inner window << innuendo | DB
insulation art << installation | larrybob
intercalcate << intercalate | Kem
intercollate << intercalate | Peter
in-you-endo << innuendo | DB
inyouwindow/inyourwindow << innuendo | DB
itty it << idiot | DB
Janice-faced << Janus-faced | Peter
Jew deism << Judaism | Eggcorno Inglese
judge mental << judgmental | Zwicky
jug full << chock | DB
juice << deuce | DB
justifiction << justification | Kem
justmental << judgmental | Peter
karated artery << carotid | DB
keep me tied over << tide me over | DB
keep trap of << keep track of | Peter
kenobic jar << canopic | larrybob
key flop << fob | DB
key fop << fob | DB
key phobe << fob | DB
key phoebe << fob | DB
key throb << fob | DB
knave << naive | JuanTwoThree
knifing << conniving | larrybob
kniving << conniving | larrybob
k’niving/k-niving/k,niving << conniving | larrybob
lack toes and tolerant | DB
lamb based << lambaste | DB
lamb paste << lambaste | DB
last Sebastian << bastion | DB
leper never changes its spots << leopard | JuanTwoThree
little << whittle | DB
lob sided << lopsided | jcdill
loose/loosed dreaming << lucid | DB
lost in the midst of time << mists | terrycollmann
loungerie << lingerie | DB
low to admit << loath | Kem
Luigi board << ouija | DB
lumbering up << limbering up | steveholt
lumpar region << lumbar | Kem
made-in name << maiden | DB
Malodor << Maldoror | larrybob
mansion roof << mansard | larrybob
matchup << mashup | tumblr
mating name << maiden | Jen Doll
mea gulpa << mea culpa | DB
meant condition << mint | JuanTwoThree
meat condition << mint | db
melting pop << melting pot | will
mere culpa << mea culpa | DB
midigate << mitigate | Kem
mink vase << ming | JuanTwoThree
minute condition << mint | Peter
Miriam Webster << Merriam Webster | Peter
mistake in identity << mistaken | Craig C Clarke
mitt condition << mint | DB
mole it over << mull it over | DB
montumental << monumental | Kem
motives operandi << modus | DB
muddle it over << mull it over | DB
mule it over << mull it over | DB
myth condition << mint | DB
newance << nuance | Kem
next plus ultra << nec plus ultra | DB
nightmirror << nightmare | DB
no way Ho say << Jose | Peter
no way who say << Jose | DB

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#3 2013-01-01 15:38:02

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

Contendahs from Olderly to Zap.
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olderly << elderly | GrantBarrett
on a row << on a roll | DB
on clutches << crutches | DB
on crunches << crutches | JuanTwoThree
once in a new moon << blue moon | Kem
once removed << once removed (it’s complicated) | DB
Paco Bell Canon << Pachelbel canon | DB
pair of phrasing << paraphrasing | DB
pair phrasing << paraphrasing | kem
pallburier << pallbearer | DB
palmpitations << palpitations | Kem
panned up << pent up | DB
pansy-waste << panty-waist | A Zwicky
pare phrasing << paraphrasing | DB
Paul bearer << pallbearer | tannerpittman
pea tree/petty/peaty/ p tree << Petri | DB
peace egg << pace egg | DB
peddlestool << pedestal | buzwha
pees in a pot << peas in a pod | DB
pen point << pinpoint | tumblr
peril by comparison << pale | reddit
perils of wisdom << pearls | Peter
petal stall << pedestal | JuanTwoThree
petrocliffs << petroglyphs | larrybob
piece mill << piecemeal | DB
piece of quiet << peace and quiet | moo
pig and a poke << in a | DB
pig in a pork << in a poke | Kem
piggybank ride << piggyback | DB
pimped up << pent up | reddit
pinkyback << piggyback | DB
pinned down << pent up | larrybob
plain <<>> plane | Dixon
plumpertations << paplpitations | Peter
popcorn in the kettle black << pot calling | reddit
post-brandial << post-prandial | DB
power phrasing << paraphrasing | DB
predelection << predilection | Kem
prepositioned << propositioned | JuanTwoThree
presend << present | Kem
psych tracked << sidetracked | DB
psytracked << sidetracked | DB
pullbearer << pallbearer | Peter
pulpitations << palpitations | DB
pumpitations << palpitations | Peter
put a dumper on << damper | Kem
quarter ballet << corps de ballet | DB
rabbit << rabid | Peter
rabbit << rapid | Dixon
radically << erratically | lawyer thread
ramped up << trumped | larrybob
rapid << rabid | Peter
ration of bacon << rasher | Brooksie99
ray bands << Ray-Ban | Kem
ray burn glasses << Ray-Ban | DB
rebattle << rebuttal | larrybob
rebluff << rebuff | Kem
rebottle << rebuttal | DB
rebound <<>> redound | Kem
rebuff << rebut | larrybob
rebunt << rebut | larrybob
rebutthole << rebuttal | JuanTwoThree
reckon << recon | JuanTwoThree
reddish << radish | DB
releaf from << relief | Kem
reports << purports | Dixon
resume << exhume | larrybob
Richard Darwins << Dawkins | NetRoller3D
Ron day view << rendezvous | DB
rumble bed << trundle | larrybob
rumbled << rumpled | larrybob
safety posit << safe deposit box | DB
Saint Bastian << Sebastian | DB
seclustered << sequestered | larrybob
second tired << sick and tired | DB
seeance << seance | JuanTwoThree
service it to say << suffice | DB
Sheer nonces: appitchiator, buyer leave, cable/couple tunnel, ching link, chainling, correct his thoughts, curious egg, dine to accept, disdressed denim, dump on the enthusiasm, give free ring to, lose your grain of thought, hankersheet, hot cuisine chef, hyena-sight, in a cord, justopposition, medjewel, mosskeg, moosekeg, musscake, motors operandi, muss ox, no walk virus, smelling source, smokes/smokers board, sticks in my croft, ton amount, wasabi aesthetic, carpal tonal, moss cake, swayback bread | DB
sheik << sikh | larrybob
shine in << chime in | DB
shipper robe << chifforobe | DB
shouting man with upraised arms << lol | wordreference
shrill << skirl | Kem
sick entire << sick and tired | DB
sickened tired << sick and tired | Peter
sigh tracked << sidetracked | Peter
sight tracked << sidetracked | DB
sign tracked << sidetracked | Peter
sinewous << sinuous + sinew | DB
sinical, exscoriate, playcate (eyecorns) | Kem
Sir Bastian << Sebastian | Peter
skill << skirl | Peter
Skirt << skirl | Peter
sloggish << sluggish | Kem
sloth to admit << loath | Peter
sloughish << sluggish | DB
slow folk << slowpoke | foxy
slowpork << slowpoke | DB
smelling sauce << smelling salts | JuanTwoThree
social eels << ills | DB
socker << sucker punch | DB
solomonly << solemnly | Kem
solstick << solstice | Kem
some << sum | DB
speak values << speak volumes | DB
spewtom << sputum | DB
spread like wide fire << wildfire | CatherineR
sputter of rain << spatter | kem
sticks in my crotch << my craw | johnsu01
Stonehedge << Stonehenge | DB
Stonehinge << Stonehenge | Kem
stressing down << dressing down | Peteer
Strictnine << strychnine | Craig C Clarke
stride << strive | DB
striptees << striptease | Kem
suckophant << sycophant | egg_corner
summer salt << somersault | JuanTwoThree
tabula rosa << rasa | rhhardin
take it in your strike << stride | DB
tambour << timbre | DB
ten sore << tensor bandage | Kem
tenor << tenured professor | DB
tenses and purposes << intents and purposes | DB
thrive <<>> strive | larrybob
tidy over << tide over | DB
time in << chime in | DB
time over << tide over | DB
to fair << to fare | Dixon
too edged sword << dual-edged/two-edged | Kem
top draw << drawer | DB
track shooting << trap shooting | larrybob
tramped up << trumped | fpberger
trampled up << trumped | fpberger
transect << transept | Kem
trickle << treacle | larrybob
trumpeted up << trumped | larrybob
trunkle bed << trundle bed | DB
trustpass << trespass | pixbuf
unattentional << unintentional | larrybob
underella/undrella << umbrella | DB
unslung << unsung hero | DB
vain to admit << fain | DB
value-dictorian << valedictorian | DB
vanish << banish | DB
vanishing blinds << Venetian | JuanTwoThree
vendebtor << vendetta | DB
vendenta << vendetta | larrybob
vengetta << vendetta | DB
vermicelli << Vorticella | Kem
wager the pros and cons << weigh | Jan Freeman
weed through << weed out + wade through | JuanTwoThree
weed your way << wend your way | JuanTwoThree
weeded into << wheedled into | JuanTwoThree
what else is knew << new | mollymooly
whither away << wither away | Paul Brians/Kem
widdle << winnow | Peter
Wild E. Coyote << Wile E. | JuanTwoThree
willow << winnow | Peter
wisdom of solemn << wisdom of Solomon | Peter
witchy board << ouija | DB
withering << writhing | Paul Brians
X boyfriend << ex | DB
zap <<>> sap | Kem

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#4 2013-01-01 18:09:49

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

There are many ways that an eggcorn can appeal to me. It can be a perfect homophone but visually way off (butt ox). It can be charmingly naïve (great minds think a lot). It can be arresting in its reanalysis (vanishing blinds). It can be hilariously wrong yet apt (eye browse). Sometimes I’m drawn to the entries where the acorn was new to me and so the eggcorn mechanism seems more transparent (canopic >> canonic jar). I like those in which the train of thought of the perpetrator is revealed (foulic symbol) or the effort made to shoehorn the eggcorn into the acorn’s shape is patent (k’niving). I always reserve space for those that are just dada (mink vase) ; for that reason I tend to like the posts to our “Slips, innovations and reshapings” forum. I’m a sucker for interesting etymology (kampong >> compound ). And I can’t resist a perfect non-rhotic rethink (born of contention). Finally, I made room for at least one idiom blend (cut me to the chase). Many of the following fit more than one of these criteria.
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To my dismay, my first cut produced a whopping 72 contenders. After some heartbreaking further delimbing, I reduced it to 56. Then the knives came out. I managed to pare it down to 44. Any further cuts would do a disservice to the remaining eggcorns. I made them anyway. As tears welded up, I reduced my list to the following 30.
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Paul bearer << pallbearer | tannerpittman and bawl bearer << pallbearer | DB and pullbearer << pallbearer | Peter
bonk bed << bunk bed | Kem
born of contention << bone | Peter
butt ox << buttocks | lawyer thread
canonic jar << canopic | larrybob
coma-toes << comatose | DB
compound << kampong | JuanTwoThree
conknive << connive | Kem and k’niving/k-niving/k,niving << conniving | larrybob
cupboard box << cardboard box | JuanTwoThree
cut me to the chase << cut to the chase | Dixon
cut me some snack << slack | DB
cutterage << curettage | larrybob
dillinger << derringer | Kem
eye browse << brows | DB
faun over << fawn over | larrybob and fawn over (hidden eggcorn) | Kem and larrybob
foulic symbol << phallic | JuanTwoThree
great minds think a lot << alike | reddit
grimstone << brimstone | Peter
a leper never changes its spots << leopard | JuanTwoThree
mink vase << ming | JuanTwoThree
no way Ho say << Jose | Peter
pimped up << pent up | reddit
power phrasing << paraphrasing | DB
pumpitations << palpitations | Peter
rebattle << rebuttal | larrybob
seeance << seance | JuanTwoThree
sloggish << sluggish | Kem
sloth to admit << loath | Peter
trustpass << trespass | pixbuf
vanishing blinds << Venetian | JuanTwoThree

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#5 2013-01-02 01:04:38

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2140

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

Thus endeth the year 2012 in the eggcornome

Two Forum events from the last year stand out for me. One was the discovery that acronym reinterpretation is very similar to what happens to words when they are eggcorned. No change in spelling or pronunciation takes place, however, when a speaker says/thinks that the DC in Washington, DC, stands for “Da Capitol,” so acronym reinterpretations resemble hidden eggcorns more than regular eggcorns.

The other stand-out from 2012 was the number of religious/occult eggcorns discovered. We had Vatican concaves, clustered nuns, Christmas activity scenes, faith accomplis, Jew deisms, mea gulpas, solomonlys, too edged swords, witchy boards, and seeances.

The Snot (Seen but Not Observed Terms) Award for the lowest-hanging fruit picked this year goes to David B’s reddish << radish. How could we have missed it all these years? Not enough six-year-olds on the Forum.

Just when we thought that a modicum of propriety had returned to the Forum in 2012, we were confronted by constoppated, spewtum, sticks in my crotch, feminine wilds, loungerie (for lingerie). and striptees, totally relinquishing any claim to the Parent’s Seal of Approval for our website.

Some of the above eggcorns would make it into my end of year list, if I had room. I especially like witchy boards, seeances, constoppated, feminine wilds, and spewtum.

At the very top of the best of 2012 list would be, I think, David’s inyourwindow (for innuendo) and Arnold Zwicky’s pansy-waste. Both require multiple levels of restructuring in the journey from acorn to eggcorn. Pansy-waste is double-barreled and both barrels are firing high caliper ammo.

Another seventeen from 2012 are almost as good. Animalsity may be a component of feminine wilds. Bonk bed reminds us that a head-high bed can be more than a sleeping platform. Because carotid arteries are often tested for plaque buildup, they are aptly described as clotted arteries. Furoar helps us hear the cacophony of a furor. Ushers may take us to our seats, but when they become noise police they are hushers. Emphases that get in your face are infaces. Condolation prizes do more than just console losers. Connive gives us a hat trick of good eggcorns: “conknive” and “knive” (with the “k” pronounced) remind us that the daggers are out when we plot, “cunniving” puts the infaces on cleverness. Reduce the wattage of the light in your head with a tablet of dimmerol. In a well-sculpted, sinewous body you can see the muscles and tendons. All sins are trespasses, but certain really bad ones are trustpasses. Rain can drive you under the eaves of a house unless you remembered to bring an underella. Vanishing blinds let in the light when you turn them. If you are really sick and tired, you are sick entire. A socker punch is more likely to floor you than a sucker punch.

These final eleven stand out, in my opinion, from the rest of the candidates and deserve to be included in a “best of” list:

ace in the hold
bent up anger
brainy points
GermHuns
hemlock maneuver
evil in carnage
mating name
motives operandi
newance
rabbit transit
shrill (for skirl) of bagpipes

A big thanks to all those who collected candidates for this banner year. And to David B for the tedious job of compiling the list of candidates.

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#6 2013-01-02 15:11:33

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

From J23, January 8, 2012:

“How then, Sirra, may the Semantics of this Barbarism be Iustisfyed?”
“Why Sir, because in these Near Fortresses the Promiscuous Mixing of Classes and Stations, without due regard to the Rank of each Person, may be likened to an Alkemical Admixture of Several Materials”.
“Have you, Don Juan, perchance over-partaken of the Fruits of the Vine and its Ardent Spirits?
“That Conclusion is not out of the Question by Any Means”

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#7 2013-01-02 16:05:22

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1179

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

Looking at end o’ year lists from other years, I see that some posts there included over a hundred faves. Here are some more then, not mentioned above, that I’m signalling out for special affection.

First, the list of migrating superstitious k body parts: knipples, knose, knavel, knostrils, fingerknails, knerves, knape of the kneck, nees and nuckles.

Then these beauts (see above for the links). I left the acorn where it might be needed:

sat bold upright
chomping at the bait
blazen hussy
cupboard box << cardboard box
itty it
psytracked << sidetracked
wisdom of solemn
arguous << arduous
fragment of your imagination
bottley function
buns and burner
funeral repass << repast
olderly
eyelush
pare phrasing
cable tunnel
curious egg << Curate’s egg
hot cuisine chef
moosekeg
carpal tonal syndrome
moss cake
swayback bread
put a dumper on
spread like wide fire
pallburier
petrocliffs
calm and sense
flaming yon
what else is knew
slow folk << slowpoke
exaggerbate
beasty lips
cough a plea
piece of quiet
made-in name
the boat is still out
ray bands
vanish << banish
enthrilled
Richard Darwins
Haida bed
close but no sugar
mole it over
car-pull tunnel syndrome
radically << erratically
butt oxen
rebunt << rebut
on crunches << crutches
on clutches << crutches
trumpeted up charges
tramped up charges
eyes welded up
mansion roof << mansard
rebutthole
key fop
stressing down << dressing down
weed through << weed out + wade through
seclustered << sequestered
fruit toes << fructose
episodic << epizootic
deability/deabilitating << debility/debilitating
ration of bacon
nightmirror
quarter ballet << corps de ballet
Heinz sight
shouting man with upraised arms << lol
high caliper << calibre

By my count, there were 494 eggcorns and other reshapings on our list this year, compared to 632 in 2011, 885 in 2010, and 792 in 2009. There were no year-end roundups in earlier years. It might be fun to go through those one day.

Last edited by David Bird (2013-01-02 16:15:42)

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#8 2013-01-10 20:54:43

Dixon Wragg
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From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 636

Re: Best eggcorns of 2012 - the list

kem wrote:

The other stand-out from 2012 was the number of religious/occult eggcorns discovered. We had Vatican concaves, clustered nuns, Christmas activity scenes, faith accomplis, Jew deisms, mea gulpas, solomonlys, too edged swords, witchy boards, and seeances.

And the trend continues with “concecreated/consecreated”, which I posted about just yesterday…

The Snot (Seen but Not Observed Terms) Award for the lowest-hanging fruit picked this year goes to David B’s reddish << radish. How could we have missed it all these years? Not enough six-year-olds on the Forum.

In an old Three Stooges film, when someone describes the color henna to Shemp as a “brown-reddish”, he replies “I never ate a brown radish!”

I wanna thank David Bird for his hours of work on these lists, without which we’d all be feeling listless indeed. I get a little thrill when my contributions are included in such lists. I don’t have time to comb through them and make a list of my own faves, but I enjoy reading your comments, guys.

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