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#1 2006-06-07 18:33:23

Registered: 2006-06-07
Posts: 9

diarrhetic for diuretic

Quotation (excerpt from mailing list message):
”- going on diarrhetic to improve systemic fluid circulation – was impossible for me to live with (the side
effect of dry mouth was just impossible).”

“Diarrhetic” is a word: an adjective form of “diarrhea”. But even Google’s Adsense equates it with “diuretic”. We did find some other examples of this eggcorn in Google, but difficult to quantify without a lot of research (as many of the hits were re correct use of the word). However, we suspect that many folks who use “diarrhetic” for “diuretic” are not familiiar with the meaning of the existing “diarrhetic” and assume that, because a diuretic removes water from the body, sort of like diarrhea does, that the words are related.

Last edited by melmike (2006-06-07 18:33:57)



#2 2006-06-09 20:48:03

Ben Zimmer
Registered: 2005-10-15
Posts: 15

Re: diarrhetic for diuretic

Added to the database. We should have caught this one along time ago!



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