bud » butt

Chiefly in:   nip in the butt

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “We take the dangers of alcohol seriously,” said Spangler, in his second year as the golf coach. “It’s better to nip it in the butt sooner than later.” (Daily Nebraskan, Oct. 31, 2002)
  • This incident surfaces now because computer systems manager Bill Witkowski is fed up with being harassed and wants to nip it in the butt. (New Haven Advocate, Feb. 27, 2003)
  • “The story of our season is we have been giving up the big inning and when you give up the big inning and you don’t nip it in the butt both pitching wise and defensive wise. You lose ball games.” (Metropolitan State College of Denver, Met Online, Apr. 17, 2003)

Analyzed or reported by:

See also butt»bud as in _the bud of someone’s jokes_, _butt naked_, and butt»but.

| 3 comments | link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/20 |

hearty » hardy

Chiefly in:   party hardy , hardily

Classification: English – nearly mainstream

Spotted in the wild:

  • And apparently this was the case because the Phi Delts had in fact been told to watch themselves because they have a reputation on campus for being a “party-hardy” fraternity. (University of LaVerne Campus Times, Sep. 27, 2002)
  • ‘Hey, is the phrase ‘party hardy,’ h-a-r-d-y, or is it ‘party hearty,’ h-e-a-r-t-y?’ ‘Party hardy,’ Tony answered, after thinking for a moment. ‘Like the Boys.’ ‘Hmmm. I always thought hearty. Like you’re putting your whole heart into the partying.’ Tony nodded, conceding Mikey’s point. (The Morning News, Nov. 7, 2002)
  • The lyrics follow the party-hardy style of The Strokes or other new rock bands, but the music is still rooted in lush musical imagery and a soft-rock piano accompaniment. (Macalester College Mac Weekly, Oct. 22, 2004)
  • I’m ambivalent on that one, as I can see an argument made for seeing it in context, but I hardily dislike the “improved” Google Groups UI for threaded view, which I find much harder to read). (soc.motss, Aug. 22, 2005)

Analyzed or reported by:

Web usage runs about 1.3:1 in favor of party hearty. The hardy variant has been popular at least since the ’70s (see, e.g., the song “Party Hardy” by the funk band Slave released in 1977, the same year that another funk band, L.T.D., released “We Party Hearty”). The variant with hardy is clearly influenced by party hard.

[Added, Aug. 23, 2005:] As for hardily, the example above appeared in a soc.motss discussion about the Eggcorn Database, ironically enough. Google finds this form appearing quite frequently in such collocations as hardily recommend, hardily agree, and laugh hardily.

| Comments Off link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/20 |

fly » flaw

Chiefly in:   flaw in the ointment

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • After all is done if there are no stress cracks the wheel will probably be as strong as before, but I suspect a flaw in the ointment, there probably was a defect in the wheel all along. (Antique Tractor forum, Feb. 16, 1999)
  • And the mighty Wagner enters the scene. Alas, there’s a flaw in the ointment. Wagner wasn’t playing shortstop yet. (Baseball Forum, Oct. 1, 2003)
  • They say their motivation is to save the world, when actually it is to be justified according to their “good works”. But the flaw in the ointment, is the fact that those “good works” are judgement and spiritual violence. (XnForums, Nov. 20, 2003)

Analyzed or reported by:

There’s also the rare idiom blend _fatal flaw in the ointment_:

If my boss gave me a job as head of the financial department because I am an expert neo-classical economist, am I going to resign when I hear of the fatal flaw in the ointment? (Goodshare, Jan. 12, 1997)


There is one fatal flaw in the ointment so to speak. (alt.sailing.asa, Jan. 9, 2002)

| Comments Off link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/20 |

corps » core

Chiefly in:   Peace Core

Classification: English – cross-language

Spotted in the wild:

  • Is it time to split the SDF into the armed forces and a kind of peace core? Can you have a force that thinks of itself as do-gooding Samaritans as well as ready to repel armed aggression from, say, North Korea? (Japan Today, discussion thread)
  • In addition, based on discussions with American Peace Core volunteers, the incidence of respiratory problems was common for many of the children due to the cold conditions they face on a daily basis. (Montana State University)
  • Thus it was a night of madness, people ran amok, I threw money away like a rampant millionaire, attempted to out drink the Russians, had a massive rumbling ‘discussion’ with an American peace core worker who agreed with the current war, disappeared for an hour and worried everyone before i was found backstage interviewing several (hot) breakdancers, then we hitched home (very common thing to do in the cities there - you pay the driver a small fare) in a mafiaish Mercedes Benz and the driver decided to boy race our friend Denise, weaving and spinning all through the wide streets, whilst I hung out the window yelling obscenities in typical chummy New Zealand talk which strangely freaked out the Ukrainians. (link)
  • During this time period he spent 2 years in the Peace Core in Dowa, Malawi, Africa working on the Malawi Public Health Project and 10 years later served as a staff physician on the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Project Ocean Search Wuvulu Island, Papua New Guinea. (American College of Emergency Physicians)

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| 1 comment | link | entered by Chris Waigl, 2005/02/19 |

lo and behold » long behold

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • And long behold (as it could only have been guessed) he comes out with a second “updated prediction” book. (College Club forum, Feb. 4, 2003)
  • Maginify this across zillions of businesses and industries and long behold you have a massive economic problem that will not go away with the war on Iraq, but rather with the disapearance of copyrights. (Slashdot, Feb. 12, 2003)
  • Thou shall not kill is a commandment. Long behold, it’s also against the law. (Marlins Baseball forum, Mar. 1, 2004)

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| 2 comments | link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/19 |