untimely » on timely

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Spotted in the wild:

  • Our condolences on the on timely death of Kothari Chandhary who was killed in a tragic bus accident. (CARE Nepal newsletter, Jan. 2002)
  • His on timely death, when he was in full activity, produced consternation among the many fans of Uruguayan film and specially among the few who were able to cultivate his friendship. (The Thinking Eye, 2003)
  • I was very sorry to hear about his on timely death. (Blog of Death, June 14, 2004)

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Ken Lakritz writes:

This is a peculiar eggcorn in that it seems to reverse the meaning of the original, although users seem not to appreciate this.

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