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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2013-02-06 14:51:03

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1344

"as" for "have"

I think we’re all familiar with “wouldn’t of” instead of “wouldn’t have”, etc. But in looking at googled examples of another eggcorn, I just stumbled upon “wouldn’t as” for “wouldn’t have”! Googling “wouldn’t as been” yielded about 40 hits, such as :

I probably wouldn’t as been offended if she wasn’t looking at me like Tubbs out of League of Gentlemen.

It just probably wouldn’t as been as big a psychological blow to Kerry as it was to Tipp.

It wouldn’t as been creepy as this mode of contact.

So then I googled “would as been” and got close to 60 unique eggcornish examples, such as:

I am not sure if I would as been as into it if I had not already seen the movie.

A well made salmon, or soooo many other meals would as been as delicious, with absolutely no guilt.

Otherwise i would as been as happy as pig in a poke paying those prices.

So then, of course, I had to google “could as been”, and I got around 50 unique eggcornish hits, such as:

The scary thing about toney is if he just could have stayed in shape he could as been even greater.

My high school years could as been better…

Heck it could as been as simple as Chloe briefly mentioning the LA people being marooned…

I’m assuming I’d get similar results if I were to google things like “should as been”, “will as been”, etc.
I notice that a lot of these examples have the word “as” used properly in the same sentence. I wonder if that increases the chance of “as” showing up in one of these phrases in which it’s substituted for “have”?



#2 2013-02-06 18:31:44

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2228

Re: "as" for "have"


Re your last question, I’m sure the answer is “definitely”. Anticipatory and persistence errors occur quite often. But you are right to say they “increase the chances”; multiple possible explanations, many of which do not contradict each other and thus may be simultaneously operative, are the norm for the kinds of errors we deal with so often here.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



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