Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Calving is an event fundamental to life and it’s not surprising that the word goes way back, to Old English and beyond. The breaking away of ice from the face of a glacier bears affinities to biological calving. This notion, and the use of the word, extends back150 years. Glacial calving carves and remodels the face of the ice, as it caves in and falls. I think that the carving of the glacier front probably works best in non-rhotic dialects. There might also be some blending going on, since glaciers do carve out valleys.
There is lots of caving going on; this one could easily be a typo, the dreaded egglision.
you cannot beleive what you are seeing, we were able to witness a massive caving of the glacier, something i will never forget.
http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserRevie … laska.html
Here’s an interesting occurrence of “glacier carving” with a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcHGYT2XSk4
She says it is “pronounced CAV-ing” and interprets it as an odd vocalization of “carving.”
It works well for me, David, sculpting the face of the glacier.
Kem, that link is apparently the wrong one: I didn’t hear any discussion of what was happening at all.
If I understand what you described, this would be an example of a perp who at some point performed an eggcoronation, at least activating mentally if not vocally the eggcornish pronunciation: then when confronted with consistent mispronunciation of that structure (if not outright correction of her pronunciation at some point) interprets the acorn as a mispronunciation or a specialized warping of the now-established eggcorn. I don’t remember getting that on the record before (though I expect it has happened more than a time or two).
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
Nice evidence, Kem, thanks. Tocayo, I think he’s referring to the written description of the (underwhelming) video, which is “Glacier Carving in Glacier Bay, Alaska (pronounced CAVing)”.