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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2009-03-25 13:01:12

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1109

"dreads up" for dredge up bad memories

Bringing sediments from a river bed to the surface for removal has been known as dredging since the beginning of the 16th century. The word is probably connected to both dragging, and perhaps indirectly to dregs, from a Norse word for sediments (who knows, there may have been some eggcornish blending going on here again). On the other hand, dredging up bad memories, or the past, is a metaphor for digging into unpleasant depths to find things that we might prefer to leave buried. It might be this unpleasant mental association that brings “dread” into the equation:

Fantasy game discussion board: I dont mean to dread up bad memories put she was a good friend of mine I didnt know she died.”
( … topic=2760)

Blog: We should just let everyone who lost their lives rest in peace and stop trying to dread up bad things about them now that they are not here.

Fanfiction: This is pointless, we can’t dread up the past.

Soap opera blog: I don’t want to dreads up the past but it’s nice to see that you moved on.
( … Main=19104)

I’m not aware of a term for the hemieggcorn that occurs when a root word that is unknown to the user is resubsituted for its cousin, but such a coinage would be useful here, to describe the substitutions of “dregs up” and “drags up” for dredges up. “Dregs up” got 160 ughits.

Blog: The Times is reporting on a documentary on PBS’s Frontline, which dregs up the fears about the Internet that have floated around since the 90s. ( … heyre-safe)

Celebrity discussion site: I know it must have hurt, but 4 years later she needs to get over it. Lets see if she dregs up the ghosts of Christmas past for her new movie promo tour. ( … k-up-again)

Last edited by burred (2009-03-25 15:12:17)



#2 2020-07-05 16:28:40

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1654

Re: "dreads up" for dredge up bad memories

Awesome post, @burred. Kind of stole my thunder for the current post, though, which is based on an e-mail I got from an old friend who thanked me for dreading up memories. So kind of a malapropism that yet seems to fit, or a psychological slip. Those that involve bad circumstances.

But my body just doesn’t want to accept thin juices – it’s just too traumatic, dreading up memories of the colonoscopy drinks.

They waited for several specialists to arrive, before setting out on the search, after all this was a police matter and care needed to be taken to preserve evidence. The siblings sat and thought about the past years dreading up memories.

Reacher is a drifter, an ex-military cop and one night bumps into someone in the street dreading up memories of what he thought was finished business 10 years ago.
book review

Last edited by David Bird (2020-07-05 16:29:04)



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