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Chris -- 2011-03-08
“Purgery” sounds like something that should be done in a bathroom. I think “surgery” might be providing a template for this spelling variant of “perjury.” I can’t find a way of justifying this as an eggcorn. Nevertheless, there really is a word “purgery” in English; The Free Dictionary gives the following definition:
The part of a sugarhouse where the molasses is drained off from the sugar.
Examples of the misspelling:
It is also illegal (purgery) to lie to congress.
It was recently pointed out to me by a German that, to deny the holocaust is as if you are on the courts witness stand and you committ purgery in a trial, thats why the assailant was jailed.
http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/inde … 59715.html
More importantly, he committed purgery, he broke the law. If you or I had gone to court and lied or lied to a grand jury like he did, we would both be still sitting in jail.
http://www.veryopinionated.com/archives … exton.html