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Chris -- 2011-03-08
It’s a natural substitution since inherited traits are inherent. I was surprised to find that the two words have distinct etymologies, which always makes these coincidences more interesting. (‘Inherit’ is from latin ‘heres,’ – meaning ‘heir.’ Inherent is from ‘inhaeraere,’ – to stick to.) Common- 25k ghits:
Are airline and ultility companies inheritly evil due to government protection?
Is Philosophy inheritly anthropomorphic?
Sure space travel is inheritly dangerous, but shouldn’t it have been a consideration to have the crew compartment ejectable …
NetBIOS name resolution is inheritly unreliable and hard to troubleshoot.
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Last edited by klakritz (2010-08-25 17:07:33)
Oops. I wouldn’t have bothered if I’d noticed the entry.
The adverb is worth noticing. It isn’t mentioned in the database entry. According to COHA, “inherently” was used five or more times as frequently in the 1990s as in the 1890s. The adjective “inherent,” on the other hand, appears to have marginally increased its frequency over the same period.
Another word whose pronunciation leads to confusion with inherent is “inerrant”. I think the following are malapropisms, though it is interesting to read them for what they (unintentionally) say.
Are African Americans inerrantly racist towards other races?
John Price’s artist girlfriend who, while affectionate toward him, is also inerrantly selfish
Okay, let’s just say that only and all white people are inerrantly racist
Somebody’s Children, which plays through Saturday night, is one of those stage productions that inerrantly appeals to a liberal’s sweet tooth
I worry that these shared ideals and experiences are being eroded by both home schooling and by distance education. I don’t this is necessarily true– it’s certainly not inerrant in the technology or in home schooling–
Dunno, “inerrantly” has some eggcorn marks. Something that is intrinsic, essential is often present without error.
“Inerrantly,” I see, is not listed in all dictionaries. COCA has it once and COHA four times, so it does occur.
True enough. I suppose that being “inerrantly good” is a candidate for eggcornhood. Or it is at the very least a head-turning blend.
“The basic belief of the administration is that kids are inerrantly good, they need to be happy and you don’t say no to them,” John Switzer said. “It’s our belief that children are born with a sin nature and that you need to train them.”
Kim Jong Il should not be able to extort the world, but as long as we think we are inerrantly good and that our case in invariably right, as long as we refuse to engage in any kind of reflection on policy, he’s going to either be able to use threats
But conversely, “inerrantly bad” and “inerrantly sinful” must be a malaprops. And their existence might throw doubt on the the good side. 15 ughits for good, 4 ughits for sinful, 5 ughits for bad, 8 for evil.
Even the negative cases work for me. Paraphrasing “inerrantly” as “unswervingly” > “always, without exception, inevitably”; inerrantly sinful would mean “sinful in 100% of the cases”. I.e. I am agreeing with Kem that the meaning “present without error” works in pretty well all the contexts.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
I thought I’d resurrect this thread just so I can share the related example I stumbled upon a day or two ago:
The argument goes both ways first about property rights and then you have the other side where you have an inherit right to self defense.
gun enthusiasts’ discussion
Also, for those who haven’t seen this stuff yet, there’s an interesting discussion of a whole class of similar substitutions here.