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Chris -- 2011-03-08
when you have a coffee in the mornings it gets you going same prince able as hair
if we can work together to create a profitable company and then another on the same prince-able
Jesus would have given them the same prince able that he gave John in Luke 9:49
840 ghits for this. Written as two words does rather suggest that perps think that it really is “prince able”. Why? Dunno.
I see some semantic ties. “Principle” is an exalted word, redolent of high motives and superordination. The cognate “prince” has the same smell. The postfix “able” communicates power, capability, strength. Seems like an eggcorn match.
Quite a few people actually pronounce it “prince-able”, i.e. [‘pɹιnsəbl̩], rhyming with (not washable but) rinseable .
For them this might be a pronunciation spelling. But it is more probably eggcornish; i.e. if they spell it this way they probably have reanalyzed the word to incorporate the suffix – able . I’m with Juan, though, in thinking that the semantic fit of prince is much less clearly apropros.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .