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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2020-09-04 14:04:00

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2471

ajaw < ajar

In his 2018 list of uniquecorns David B included what he called “the yawning gape of the door ajaw.”

open all the doors and give each door latch a shot of wd-40 then open and shut each door several times.The problem with these is that the door ajaw switches stick over time with dirt and grime. … e-time-511

The mismatch with ajar in the url suggests a mistake (rather than something the perpetrator actually thinks is correct, as should be the case with eggcorns). w and r are two keys away from each other on a qwerty keyboard, so it might well enough be a hunt-and-peck kind of typo. There is a newer citation, though:

Witness had left the door ajaw. Prisoner was an occasional customer. On the day in question prisoner came to his house at about 2:30, and …

Might of course be another such mistake. But the notion of a open door being like a dropped jaw (such as you experience when yawning) rings bells with me. The notion of a gaping yaw also fits in with it somewhere.

Last edited by DavidTuggy (2020-09-05 09:30:22)

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