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#1 2017-06-07 06:22:50

EmilyBuehler
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Registered: 2017-06-07
Posts: 1

Fire powder instead of firepower

Hello, I was writing this morning and came across a passage where I’d written “fire powder” instead of “firepower,” and I thought it might be an eggcorn. It’s an old-fashioned war scene where guns would be loaded with gunpowder, so there was something that worked about it either way. I searched the database and did not see it.

I’m new to the forum so my apologies if I didn’t do this properly.

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#2 2017-06-08 07:41:12

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2546

Re: Fire powder instead of firepower

Hi, Emily. Welcome to the Forum.

“Firepowder” for “firepower” is a possible eggcorn. Here’s someone else who made the same mistake.

It’s hard to find examples of this substitution on the web, however, because “firepowder” has become a mot du jour among the fantasy crowd, an antique-sounding term for gunpowder.


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