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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Used in a student paper to describe a brief, rather snarky, description, a tart vignette becomes a vinaigrette.
Wonderful. I found a few other examples. We can hope it’s not a spell-check error. Pretty funny. The final example is most striking. The vinaigretting probably used balsamique.
Unsurprisingly, both ‘vinegar’ (bitter wine) and ‘vignette’ do have ‘wine/vine’ in common:
1751, “decorative design,” originally a design in the form of vine tendrils around the borders of a book page, especially a picture page, from French vignette, from Old French diminutive of vigne “vineyard”. Sense transferred from the border to the picture itself, then (1853) to a type of small photographic portrait with blurred edges very popular mid-19c. Meaning “literary sketch” is first recorded 1880, probably from the photographic sense.
Which takes nothing away from the eggcorn. I like the idea of the literary sketch being tart and acidic, or a touch oily even. Even salty, peppery and with a touch of mustard.
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