manna » manner

Chiefly in:   manner from heaven

Variant(s):  manor

Classification: English – /r/-dropping

Spotted in the wild:

  • I have come out of the Auckland winter so this cool court which takes a shot and lets the ball die when it is manner from heaven for me. (Cathay Pacific Squashtalk, Aug. 25, 2001)
  • When you get messages like this repeatedly, and your Bank Account is empty, with outstanding bills for you to pay, your first instinct would be to get it and say thank God for the ‘blessings and manner from Heaven’. (Nigeriaworld, Mar. 21, 2002)
  • To you and me, the money means very little, but to a poor person this will be manner from heaven. (Africa Economic Analysis, 2003)
  • For the Opposition Leader, Simon Crean, the words of the American President have been manner from heaven. (ABC (Australia) radio transcript, Feb. 11, 2003)
  • I think Bush has exploited Al Qaeda for foreign policy and electoral objectives - and Al Qaeda have exploited Bush, who’s Crusade gaffs and images of Abu Gharaib and collateral damage from Iraq must have seemed like manor from heaven. (Uplink forum post, July 16, 2005)
  • For a quarter of a century, Cameroonians were waiting for political and economic manner from heaven but all in vain. (Cameroon Post reader comment, Dec. 13, 2005)
  • The Children of Israel in Exodus chapter 16 forgot God’s goodness and power and complained that Moses brought them into the wilderness to kill them but God provided them with manner. […] So too did the people of Israel - they were provided for with Manner from Heaven in Exodus chapter 16: 4 - 9. (Grenada Today, sermon by Pastor Stanford Simon, Feb. 11, 2006)
  • This Best Buy information is treated like manner from heaven for those of us bent on emulating scrooge! (

In the form manor from heaven, this often appears as a non-rhotic pun. But most of the examples for manner from heaven are more clearly eggcorns (frequently from speakers of various African Englishes).

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2006/05/22 |


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    Commentary by Chuck , 2006/08/09 at 8:04 pm

    It would not be surprising to hear someone from the Boston area pronounce manna as “manner”.

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