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#1 2007-08-14 17:46:10

Peter Forster
From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 868

'detracked/ retracked' for 'detract/retract'

There are a number of examples of these substitutions which appear to be likely eggcorns:

I see the mistakes and little continuity errors that detracked from the story being told. That passionate love scene or dramatic moment loses something when … – 30k – Cached

There are a couple of staff who need to educated in the art of customer service but this should not detracked from the general high standard the hotel … … s%20Hotel/ – 99k – Cached

... find Bin Ladin” then a hour later, he had another conference and retracked his comments saying “that we will comb every cave in Afgahastan to find him” ... … t3325.html – 24k – Cached

He was then told by one of his flunkies that he should change the “wording” a bit.Then Dubya retrackeded his statement. Stupid is as stupid does. ... … orism.html – 159k – Cached

I remain a little uneasy, however, as there are many other examples which are not at all eggcornish, like ‘compacked’, ‘restricked’ and ‘bile ducked’ – it may be that we’re simply seeing what we want to see, and ignoring what’s inconvenient?



#2 2012-07-16 13:15:26

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1251

Re: 'detracked/ retracked' for 'detract/retract'

Loved retrackeded. Re-, de- and com- appear to be shoe-ins. I received a hit in an e-mail message today, about a researcher who got another post.

our original choice, unexpectedly retracked his agreement to come work with us.

See also Peter’s ruminations a half a year earlier: … p?id=1454. Compacked may be the best of batch.



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