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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2005-11-11 12:54:34

Registered: 2005-11-11
Posts: 2

"a lot of leave way"

I’m starting to see “leave way” for “leeway” more and more often—although the phrase “of leave way” only shows up 142 times with a Google search.

My favorite example: “The Lord gives us a lot of leave way if we are in ignorance which seems to be the case here on your part similar to myself for all those years.”— … cross.html

Also: “Anyway my point is ferrari have been given a lot of leave way with the FIA and they’ re opinion is highley respected with the FIA, and as we’ve seen their opinion is acted on without regards to others!!”— … &quote=yes



#2 2005-11-12 15:51:25

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1667

Re: "a lot of leave way"

A cool find. Googling the one-word version “leaveway” gets 490 hits, of which at least 154 are unique—and the great majority appear to be your reshaping.



#3 2020-01-14 08:13:30

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2405

Re: "a lot of leave way"

This one was just reported to me by my sister, who translates in courtroom situations:

Today the judge kept saying to the attorney that normally she would not permit X, but given the language barrier she would grant him a little leaveway! I guess she let him get away with it?

(I think she meant the judge left him get away with it?)
A dictionary website supposedly “powered by Oxford” (whatever that means) considers it legit:

1. A degree of freedom; scope, leeway. ¶ 2. Encouragement, incentive; permission. Now chiefly US (in African-American usage).

It also says:

Origin ¶ Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From leave + way.

I wonder what that earlier sense was?
To my mind it is still pretty clearly an eggcorn, and certainly was when it began to be used under definition #1. Definition #2 just seems like a slight strengthening of #1: granting leeway and giving permission are very close to each other, and either of them, especially in a courtroom situation, comes close to, if it does not constitute, encouragement.
(Also discussed here .)

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2020-01-14 08:15:58)

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