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Chris -- 2018-04-11
I had never seen this before, but someone in our prayer group asked us to pray for a kid who had a grand maul seizure in school.
I googled, and lo and behold! Many grand maul seizures!
Eggcorn? Or no?
If you buy that the speakers have an image of a grand mauling of sorts, in which the person is somehow mauled by the seizure, I’d say okay, but I think that’s doubtful. They are just substituting a more common word for a less common one, and I’d say it’s just a malapropism, not an eggcorn.
“Let’s not get bogged down in semantics.”—Homer Simpson to Gary Coleman
Grand maul candidate: “From there I went into a tonic-clonic grand maul seizure lasting between 3 and 5 minutes. My second seizure I fractured and dislocated my left shoulder, ...” I got just over 700 “grand maul seizure” hits compared to 138K “grand mal seizure” hits.
Grand daddy of all seizures? For a slightly different twist, I googled “grandma seizure” and got 91 hits. 52 seemed to be unintentional malapropisms describing actual serious seizure events. 39 seemed to be deliberate humor, for example; an elderly woman throwing a fit. Any eggcorn potential here?
Just documented this wonderful eggcorn again, twice, from two consecutive emails:
[name] just told me that [name] just had a grand maul seizure.
[name] had a grand maul seizure about an hour ago. She has never had one before. She is past it now, groggy, and resting.
You would feel hammered or clobbered after one of those.
Its being repeated points to its being at least somewhat standard for the perp (a good friend of mine).
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2018-09-07 18:03:07)
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