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#1 2020-06-23 16:35:04

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2761

skullduggery << skulduggery

I don’t think we’ve mentioned on the Forum the common misspelling “skullduggery” for “skulduggery.” It is so common, in fact, that the permutation appears in written text as often as the correct spelling.

The eggcornish part of this eyecorn comes when “skull” gets transferred into a word that, etymologically, had no connection to skulls. See the discussion at the Word Detective for a possible reinterpretation as grave robbing.


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