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#1 2006-06-07 12:47:11

bradjensen68
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Registered: 2006-06-07
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"Illicit a response" instead of "elicit a response"

Names illicit racist response, says research

(title of an article in a Purdue University student publication) Maybe the names were illicit?

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#2 2014-11-16 23:34:32

Dixon Wragg
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Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 650

Re: "Illicit a response" instead of "elicit a response"

“Illicit” for “elicit” is quite a common substitution. Here’s the example I recently encountered in an online discussion:

Those three letters can illicit more emotion, disdain and intrigue than almost any others in Sebastopol’s history.

Occasionally you’ll also find this substitution in the opposite direction, as in:

Thursday night is elicit drug use.
English lesson

I reckon this is just a mildly amusing substitution with no eggcornish meaning-connection.

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