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#1 2008-01-06 19:05:11

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2140

Stokely Carmichael

Can a person’s name be an eggcorn? In a book I’m working on, I discuss Stokely Carmichael and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In looking up web records, I noticed that someone had spelled his first name “Stokey.” I did a search, and found more than a hundred non-dependent ghits with that spelling. I can understand the temptation to spell it that way-Stokely “stoked” the fires of social war between blacks and whites.

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#2 2008-01-07 17:32:40

TootsNYC
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Registered: 2007-06-19
Posts: 263

Re: Stokely Carmichael

It’s an intriguing imagery, but I’m betting it’s just that “Stokely” is a silly name, and “Stokey” is silly too, but perhaps seems less silly.

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#3 2008-01-07 17:45:17

Peter Forster
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From: UK
Registered: 2006-09-06
Posts: 827

Re: Stokely Carmichael

Could that other Carmichael, Hoagy, be exerting some influence here?

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#4 2008-01-07 18:54:33

TootsNYC
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Registered: 2007-06-19
Posts: 263

Re: Stokely Carmichael

sure, why not? “Stokey” sounds like it could be a sandwich, right?

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