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Chris -- 2015-05-30
I just stumbled on this one:
I’m not going to get into a tizzy fit over it either.
Googling “tizzy fit” yields 576 purportedly unique hits, as compared to only 421 for “hissy fit”. I’m in something of a tizzy over this, as I thought hissy fit was standard and tizzy fit (as opposed to just “tizzy”) a deviation therefrom! Now I guess I can’t consider either of them an eggcorn or even a substitution; they just seem like similar, synonymous phrases. Perhaps they’re regional differences.
I just checked the n-gram viewer and “hissy fit”, which shows up in the late 1970s, outstrips “tizzy fit”, which barely registers, by far. This seems to contradict the numbers yielded by my googling (see my previous post in this thread). Perhaps the books searched by the n-gram program are substantially different from the sources searched by Google? If the n-gram picture is more accurate than the Google one, my notion that “tizzy fit” is a substitution for the somewhat earlier “hissy fit” may be supported after all.
Perhaps an eggcorn, though it seems more like a blend. “Hissy” and “tizzy” are not all that close in sound (would anyone, except a child, say “tat” for “hat” or “teaven” for “heaven?”). A wonderful blend, though.