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#1 2007-02-11 16:11:48

Christine Ashby
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Registered: 2007-02-11
Posts: 1

driving

when passing a very elderly driver in the middle lane of the M5 I decide he was a” Motorisk” . Is this an eggcorn?

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#2 2007-02-11 18:04:29

patschwieterman
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Registered: 2005-10-25
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Re: driving

It’s amusing, but it’s a pun—a self-conscious bit of wordplay—so it can’t be an eggcorn, at least in your case. (Something that’s a pun for one person can, weirdly enough, be an eggcorn for someone else.) A word or phrase can be a true eggcorn only if the speaker sincerely believes the usage to be a standard one.

And I think it’s probably unlikely that anyone believes “motorisk” is the true form of the word.

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#3 2007-02-12 14:17:40

maddog_frenzy
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From: Madison, WI
Registered: 2006-10-04
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Re: driving

I’m thinking “motorisk” is more akin to a sniglet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sniglet

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