Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
Pat’s recent post on ‘synthesesia’ reminded me of the frequency with which an eggcorn search can be hijacked by references to bands, songs, titles etc, and despite my interest having been aroused I’ve never found the time to seek out any of the following:
Wild Blue Yonder
The Coffin Snails
Guilding the Lily
Will o’ the Whip
Din of Inequity
Ironing the Soul
I’m convinced that a vast number of eggcorns could be traced directly to a punnish, spooneristic, or tongue-in-cheek intentional misspelling that is seen by the masses (such as a band name, song or book title, etc.) that gets “canonized” in their minds and then disseminated further as the “real” spelling.
Feeling quite combobulated.
Impressive list Peter. It just leaves us wondering, “How’d he do that?”
I’m pretty impressed, too. I’m actually familiar with one of these. A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about the “O’Ryans’ Belt” post that someone contributed last summer. So I went looking for “O’kelly’s Heel” for “Achilles heel.” Didn’t get any hits I could be sure were truly eggcornish, but I ran into the band “Kelly’s Heel.”
And guess what? “O’Ryan’s Belt” is also the name of a band. They seem to be a Swedish group that plays Irish music.
Well, apropos of JonW719’s point, the usual pronunciation of Halley’s Comet in the US, at least, has been hijacked by Bill Haley and the Comets. Edmund may have pronounced his name like Prince Hal, but certainly not “Haley.” Interestingly, the last time Halley’s Comet came around, someone called many or all of the Halleys in the London phonebook. The pronunciation preferred by the majority was “Hawley.”