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Chris -- 2015-05-30
I just saw this on a gas station digital sign as a lunch offer. I don’t think they meant the golf clubs. I see there is a eatery chain in India too: https://www.facebook.com/Sandwedges/. Now I realize that the former gas station sign is likely unintentional whereas the Indian business concern probably changed the word intentionally for TM or© purposes? Are intentional eggcorns not genuine?
Last edited by budbuddy (2017-03-14 14:46:42)
Are intentional eggcorns not genuine?
If they’re intentional, they’re some sort of conscious wordplay such as puns, not eggcorns. The person who uses it must really think it’s the correct word or phrase for it to be an eggcorn. “Sandwedge” may be an eggcorn of “sandwich” only if it meets that requirement, which is unlikely unless we can think of a plausible meaning-connection in addition to the pronunciation similarity.
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Thanks Dixon. So the gas station sign is, but the restaurant chain ain’t.
Last edited by budbuddy (2017-03-16 14:10:10)
So the gas station sign is, but the restaurant chain ain’t.
There’s no reason to believe that either of those examples is an eggcorn as opposed to a pun or a misspelling, unless you can explain how the meaning of “sandwedges” would make sense as a substitute for “sandwiches”. Both the pronunciation similarity and the plausible meaning connection have to be present for eggcornicity. I can’t think of a plausible meaning connection. Would you like to propose one?