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#1 2013-07-28 09:54:07

Dixon Wragg
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 705

"Fantasy" for "fancy"

I used to have a buddy who would say “Fantasy that!” for “Fancy that!”. He meant it humorously, but I’m wondering if someone might actually be confusing the words “fantasy” and “fancy”. “Fancy” did originate, centuries ago, as a contraction of “fantasy”. Google yields lots of hits for “tickle your fantasy”. Most of them look likely to be purposeful puns, but a few smell more like possible eggcorns:

There are a lot of people who can tickle your fantasy over on the websleuth siteā€¦

perhaps this crew cab would tickle your fantasy?

... seafood and earth products cross each other to give you a touch of originality, while unusual match of ingredients will tickle your fantasy

2010 chrysler 300 touring – $19500 We several to choose from, if this one doesn’t tickle your fantasy.

Have any of you encountered eggcornish confusion between the words “fantasy’ and “fancy”?



#2 2013-07-28 10:38:00

Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 348

Re: "Fantasy" for "fancy"

fancy (n.) mid-15c., contraction of fantasy, it took the older and longer word’s sense of “inclination, whim, desire.” Meaning “fans of an amusement or sport, collectively” is attested by 1735, especially (though not originally) of the prize ring. The adjective is recorded from mid-18c. fancy (v.) “take a liking to,” 1540s, a contraction of fantasien “to fantasize (about),” from fantasy (n.). Meaning “to imagine” is from 1550s. Related: Fancied; fancies; fancying. Colloquial use in fancy that, etc. is recorded by 1813.



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