next door » next store

Classification: English – final d/t-deletion

Spotted in the wild:

  • Cass Sunstein was in the office next store in his very first year of teaching and we spent quality time together that year. Now Cass is a “Visiting Fellow” of the Volokh Conspiracy. Welcome to the office next door, Cass! (Randy Barnett, Volokh Conspiracy, June 22, 2004)
  • When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-store neighbor made after he left that first morning. (link)
  • He needed photos of our next store neighbor’s garbage cans. (link)
  • It’s one of those “urban nightmare stories” in which your newly befriended next store neighbor turns out to be a cold blooded mass bomber, and a mastermind who never loses. (link)
  • The best thing I can say about ‘The Girl Next Store’ is that it had all the requisite components for a Stupid Teen Movie. (link)
  • John Brooke is a tutor to the boy next store. The boy next store ’s name is Laury. (link)
  • Hiding already in the alcove was a young man who lived next store to the March’s with his grandfather. (link)
  • US 1880 Census show that Adam & Mary lived next store to Mary’s parents. (link)
  • I think of the elderly couple who lived next store to me, so in love and wondering what was happening to them physically. (link)

Analyzed or reported by:

Mark Liberman writes:

“Next store”, after a bit of consonant cluster simplification, is phonetically similar if not identical to “next door”, and “next door” is a semantically non-compositional idiom, and “store” is roughly as close to the meaning of dwelling as “door” is, so “next store” is a likely eggcorn candidate.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/15 |

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