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#1 2013-02-02 21:47:07

kem
Eggcornista
From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2030

size << >> side

We’ve seen one example on this forum of the confusion between “side” and “size” (lopsized) The mixup between the two terms is more general, however. “Size” and “side” can substitute for each other in a variety of contexts. Here are some fractured idioms

“Wrong size of the bed” “

A tweet: “I woke up on the wrong size of the bed”

“Thorn in my size”

Web page development forum: “Hey guys, this has been a thorn in my size so bad that I spent hours hunting down style defs ”

“Hit the size of a barn”

Comment on graphic arts page: “No wonder the Stormtroopers lost they couldn’t hit the size of a barn!”

“Sunny size up”

Food blog: “Two eggs, sunny-size up are fried onto the dough.”

“Pick on someone your own side”

YouTube group: “ I teach you how to pick on someone your own side”

“All shapes and sides”

Music store reviews: “Since 1935, this place has been selling and renting top quality products to musicians of all shapes and sides.”

These are mostly low-frequency slips. Only the last switch, “all shapes and sides” for “all shapes and sizes,” occurs on a large number of web sites.

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#2 2013-02-06 18:33:48

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 577

Re: size << >> side

Interesting! Also:

“Cut him down to side” yields 3 Google hits.
“One side fits all” yields almost 700 hits, including lots of clothing catalogs!
“That’s about the side of it” yields 2 hits.

“Whose size are you on” yields just 1 hit—and it’s a pun, not an eggcorn—but “Who’s size are you on” yields 2 unique hits.
“I’m on your size” yields no hits that looked like eggcorns.
“Sizeswiped” yields 1 unique hit (”...sizeswiped by the truck…”).
“a size order of” (instead of “side order”) yields 10 unique eggcornish hits.

You’ve struck a rich vein here, kem!

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#3 2013-02-07 04:46:51

kem
Eggcornista
From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2030

Re: size << >> side

One side fits all. Makes good, alternate sense. Nice one.

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#4 2013-02-07 05:02:41

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 577

Re: size << >> side

I think “a size order of” also makes good sense, even though it only yielded 10 unique hits (so far). People may be thinking in terms of a “size order” being a portion of a certain typical size, perhaps a little smaller than an entree.

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