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#1 2008-08-21 11:05:25

Craig C Clarke
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Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

Which would be correct?
Do we discuss the eggcornicity of a submission, or the eggcornocity?

Is there a linguistic rule governing these kinds of word constructions?

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#2 2008-08-21 13:32:13

nilep
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

I have a vague – extremely vague – notion that -icity and -ocity are used with precise meanings in some technical field. Maybe physics?

But in everyday use the difference between -osity and -icity is a phonological, rather than a semantic┬╣ one. That is, for adjectives ending in -ic the derived noun ends in -icity; for adjectives ending in -ous, -ose or the like, the derived noun ends in -osity.

Since eggcorn is a new word, the question becomes, what is (or should be) the form of the derived adjective? I think that, subconsciously, I have been using eggcornicity in parallel with iconicity.

icon > iconic > iconicity
eggcorn > *eggcornic > eggcornicity

But I’ve never actually used the word “eggcornic” as far as I can remember.

Ah, but wait, Ken has:

klakritz, 2005-11-30, ‘do under others’ for ‘do unto others’
The Golden Rule is a prime target for eggcornic revision.

┬╣ I should, say, rather than a strictly semantic one, since there is some difference in nuance between -ic versus -ous etc. as suffixes for deriving adjectives.

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#3 2008-08-21 14:32:59

DavidTuggy
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

I too prefer the iconicity of eggcornicity to the preposterosity of eggcornosity. Eggcornocity looks like a combination of the two, though maybe it is produced at a higher velocity.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2008-08-21 16:39:12)


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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#4 2008-08-21 14:38:54

JonW719
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

I’ve heard people say a word is “eggcornish” sometimes, I think. Perhaps that short i sound lends itself to “eggcornicity” more than to “ocity.”


Feeling quite combobulated.

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#5 2008-08-21 17:45:53

TootsNYC
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Registered: 2007-06-19
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

If we’re going to use it as a song title, or in lyrics, I vote for “eggcornicity.”

Though, it won’t rhyme with “velocity.”

(my mother loves the moment in the song “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” in which the writer finds a rhyme for “fertilizer”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHAl1tWvvPA

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#6 2008-08-22 00:40:13

Craig C Clarke
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

Hmmm. So it seems I jumped ahead a step, and it all comes down to whether words are eggcornic or eggcornous.

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#7 2008-08-22 09:43:22

DavidTuggy
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Re: Eggcornicity or eggcornocity?

I vote for eggcornish and eggcornishness, but will continue to use eggcornosity or eggcornicness as my fancy moves me.


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we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

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