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#1 2014-04-05 03:08:11

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1562

Loads of nymphs

Too much coffee can be an aid to eggcorn hunting. Waking at all hours of the night here gives access to radio waves from Deutsche Welle, BBC, PRI, and Radio Australia. Yesterday night I heard an interview with an Australian who raises sheep for meat. Here’s how he checks their health. Simple spoonerism. Or something egg-shaped, maybe. Those might be swollen nymph lodes, or nymph loads. Nymphs would be some sort of infection. Blockage by dragonfly larvae. There are hundreds of hits for nymph lodes. And there is a band that call themselves The Nymph Loads. Wishful thinking.

Nymph lodes are swollen?? what could it be from?
Yahoo questions

The Database has klakritz’s limp edema. And last year we had limp notes.



#2 2014-04-06 16:58:19

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

Re: Loads of nymphs

Almost all good spoonerisms yield phrases with semantic portent, don’t they? It’s what makes many of them funny. When the CBC announcer went on the air to identify his network as the “Canadian Broadcorping Castration,” it was funny (to the listeners more than to the announcer, probably) because it made a sort of scatological sense.

A major difference between spoonerisms and eggcorns is that spoonerisms are usually one-offs, unintended (unless the speaker is punning) slips of the tongue. Eggcorns, in contrast, like to establish themselves as standards for a community of speakers. They are often accompanied by folk-etymological justifications that cement the misconnections. Your find of “nymph lode” seems to be an exception to this rule – a spoonerism that has established itself as a standard in certain lects.

“Nymph” for “lymph” was mentioned in the Richard Lederer collection: … hp?id=5355

Last edited by kem (2014-12-27 16:57:10)

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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