Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
I stumbled upon this on a Facebook page
The smaller the Crest of the Moon is, the more her Sun is blocked by the Earth.
Doing a search on “the crest moon”, I found, for instance:
The Wolf and the Crest Moon
Under the Crest Moon
art assemblage depicting a crescent moon
The crest “moon” of this picture does exist… it is the star of the combo that is the fraud.
Ixquick search page
Next, I searched on “crescent of the wave” to see if this substitution is a round-tripper. It is. There are lots of these:
Each crescent of the waves is a day that has passed
...South Africa stood on the crescent of the wave of hosting our inaugural 2010 World Cup.
I could not find the right balance on either of those two when paddling in steep chop. The ama just kept sinking/digging into the crescent of the wave.
Not allowing the crescent of the wave of success to die down, the Colombo Night Races is all set to make its second appearance on the streets of Colombo.
I reckon the pronunciation similarity between the two words is probably close enough to be eggcornish, but I’m not sure about the meaning connection.
Beauty, Dixon. Solid eggcorns in my book. The crest of the moon would resemble the crest of a wave – the part that sticks up. The crescent of the wave is just poetry. These two had me looking up crest to be sure that there was no direct etymological connection, which there does not appear to be. Very nice.