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Chris -- 2018-04-11
Just noticed an interesting little structural ambivalence I don’t remember seeing before. Not an eggcorn, of course, but that same sense of two ways to take the same thing is central to eggcorns as well.
A package of ground coffee advertises (in all caps, of course) that it “MAKES UP TO 113 CUPS”. Of course, “up to n measureNs”, meaning “as many as n Ns” is a very well established structure in English, but so is “makes up (in)to N”, and it struck me the second way first: this package, if all goes well, does indeed make up to be 113 cups of coffee. Hmm.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .