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#1 2007-04-16 00:24:14

Craig C Clarke
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Registered: 2005-11-18
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"duke box" for juke box

Just stumbled upon this one, and searching google for the phrase “on the duke box” turns up a bunch more. (Googling that whole phrase in quotation marks weeds out a lot of misses and puns)

I guess it’s not an eggcorn, since I can’t figure out what people think “duke” could mean in this context, but then again duke is a more familiar word than juke, and juke seemingly makes even less sense.

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#2 2007-04-16 07:11:21

Peter Forster
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Registered: 2006-09-06
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Re: "duke box" for juke box

I wondered whether ‘dukes’ meaning ‘hands’ might have something to do with it, but only briefly. It might be a bit of hyper-correction I suppose, as the ‘j’ sound seems easier to commence words with than the ‘d’ – juress (duress) has 29 ghits, juality 637 and jubious 1,970 for example. (One of the first songs I ever heard on a juke box went, “Dook of Earl, dook dook, Dook of Earl…” and that made no sense either. Still doesn’t.)

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