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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Google counts on Apr. 3, 2007
1,200,000 “wander around”
144,000 “wonder around”
The substitution of “wonder around” for “wander around” seems more of an innovation than an eggcorn to me because it’s inconceivable that someone would not know the latter expression. Besides, a person can wonder while they wander, and perhaps the emphasis on the former is intended. (Or, is it possible that there is a regional dialect at play here which leads to a misspelling?) If someone really believes this could be an eggcorn, please make a case.
An independent look at The World.: 01/02/2005 – 01/09/2005The first thing I wanna do on leave is get really buzzed and wonder around Old Town Portland and make b/w photos with my Leica and Nikon F4. ...
billputnam.blogspot.com/2005_01_02_archive.html – 38k – Cached – Similar pages
[BOOK] The Keepers of the Keys – Google Books Resultby Goldstein, Shoshi, 1988- – 2003 – 187 pages
He hated to have to wonder around in the dark – even though Pete was with him. But a book would offer little protection from serial killers, bandits, ...
Joe, I’ve come across this too, but haven’t known quite what to do with it – still don’t, really – but I feel that it may be no more than a spelling error or perhaps some people are simply unable or unwilling to distinguish between the two. I’ve googled “wander what” (54,900 ghits) and append a few examples…
I wander what was the Genoa’s finance system’s overall influence onto the development of advanced banking in Florence a couple of centuries later. Cheers, ...
cyberlibris.typepad.com/blog/2006/09/what_they_knew_.html – 38k – Cached
I wander what more knowledgeable people think about clarity of this description. ... I wander what the efficiency would be if a very sophisticated power …
blake.montclair.edu/~kowalskil/cf/289naudin.html – 13k – Cached
makes one wander what jr ever saw in kourtnie beisdes her looks,,shes got the perosality of a duck and not friendly. I always wondered about this one. ...
www.topix.net/forum/nascar/dale-earnhar … HE4UGGIS7K – 92k – 4 Apr 2007 – Cached
In my part of rural West Georgia, a good many people pronounce “wander” as “wonder” and “yonder” as “yunder.” (And the word “sophisticated” is not pronounced at all.)
A colleague of mine pronounces “wonder” as (the way I would pronouce) “wander” (rhymes with “ponder”), presumably on speak-as-you-spell grounds. I don’t think I’ve heard him use “wander”, so I don’t know if he pronounces it to rhyme with “sander”, “lander” and “Rwanda”...
This is a pronunciation problem. It’s quite normal for wander and wonder to be confused.