lambast(e) » lambash

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “She’s been nothing but civil, but the rest of you lambash her for her views. I admit, they’re out there, but she’s entitled to them.” (link)
  • “… cited expertise about fictional and imaginary creatures, lambashed users for asking questions, and criticized the style and organization of others posts …” (link)

Analyzed or reported by:

  • Matthew Gordon (American Dialect Society mailing list, 24 March 2006)

When Matt Gordon reported this one on the ADS-L, Beverly Flanigan noted that it undoubtedly depends on the pronunciation of “lambaste” as “lambast” (both pronunciations, and in fact both spellings, are given in NOAD2 under “lambaste”). The opaque “bast” piece is then improved by being reshaped as the semantically appropriate “bash”. An alternative reshaping is with “blast” — as “lamblast” or “landblast” (q.v.).

| link | entered by Arnold Zwicky, 2006/05/20 |

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