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#1 2015-10-07 20:05:33

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1597

"obviouscation" for obfuscation; "intimatedating" for intimidating

Two mondegrenous eggcorns based on an alternative root-word found lurking within a longer and presumably obscure multisyllabic acorn. The first was suggested by someone’s pronunciation of obfuscate on the radio, as if it were obviouscate. Few could recognize the etymon of obfuscation, which is cognate with dusk and means “darkening”. I get the feeling that the third hit was reaching for avoid, perhaps through some blend with obviate? Only one good hit suggesting a link to skating, which is also used, in French at least, to suggest “avoiding the issue.”

They are now doing what they do best, hyping, spinning, obviouscating, and downright bulshitting. … yet-again#

At least he released his records unlike the president who has hid and obviouscated abuot his records at every turn. … n-2093065/

the cities in Ross Valley, the county, etc. will use this as an excuse to yet again obviouscate their responsibility to dredge/clean/manage the creek and prevent flooding. … PJN5ANQ/p2


The second is just plain suggestive. It’s hard to see how the perps have connected intimidation with intimate dating. Suggestions? Getting in your face? The needle is hovering over “mondegreen”.

sometimes psychics can be intimatedating but she is very open … fc&page=25

One thing to be noted is that a common protest area is located very near the hotel entrance and could be intimatedating for more timid travelers. … clnk&gl=ca



#2 2015-10-08 21:23:01

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1104

Re: "obviouscation" for obfuscation; "intimatedating" for intimidating

The return tripper evokes the courageous act of doing face time.

Yahoo questions dating advice
go watch a movie that u both like, and then spend a few hours together in a quiet and private place and get intimid with each other

i have had weird dreams these days. i dream about a lot of diff. guys that i have no intention to get intimid with.

RPG rules
first off all : – No Spamming – No intimid relations – No begging



#3 2015-10-09 09:53:21

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2659

Re: "obviouscation" for obfuscation; "intimatedating" for intimidating

“Obviouscating” seems like it has eggcorn potential. So few examples, though—could just be a spelling burp. But it should be checked in a few more years.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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