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Chris -- 2018-04-11
I’m starting to see “leave way” for “leeway” more and more often—although the phrase “of leave way” only shows up 142 times with a Google search.
My favorite example: “The Lord gives us a lot of leave way if we are in ignorance which seems to be the case here on your part similar to myself for all those years.”—http://www.cephas-library.com/catholic/ … cross.html
Also: “Anyway my point is ferrari have been given a lot of leave way with the FIA and they’ re opinion is highley respected with the FIA, and as we’ve seen their opinion is acted on without regards to others!!”—http://www.jensonf1.com/forum/forums/th … "e=yes
A cool find. Googling the one-word version “leaveway” gets 490 hits, of which at least 154 are unique—and the great majority appear to be your reshaping.
This one was just reported to me by my sister, who translates in courtroom situations:
Today the judge kept saying to the attorney that normally she would not permit X, but given the language barrier she would grant him a little leaveway! I guess she let him get away with it?
1. A degree of freedom; scope, leeway. ¶ 2. Encouragement, incentive; permission. Now chiefly US (in African-American usage).
It also says:
Origin ¶ Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From leave + way.
I wonder what that earlier sense was?
To my mind it is still pretty clearly an eggcorn, and certainly was when it began to be used under definition #1. Definition #2 just seems like a slight strengthening of #1: granting leeway and giving permission are very close to each other, and either of them, especially in a courtroom situation, comes close to, if it does not constitute, encouragement.
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Last edited by DavidTuggy (2020-01-14 08:15:58)
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