Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The word “disheveled” is well nigh impossible for English speakers to parse. It comes from O.Fr. descheveler, meaning “with hair in disarray”, and ultimately from L. capillus, or “hair”. Though originally for the coif, it has come to be applied to general disorder, of dress or environment.
Dish-shoveling. That’s the only way my kitchen might be cleaned today, unfortunately.
Another alternative: disleveled.
Turns out tussled and tousled come from the same root, though I would count tussled here as an eggcorn.