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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Found this tweet: https://twitter.com/BryceElder/status/9 … 0546871296
Heard a guy talking about Belgian whistles.
“A basic website costs 10k, or 25k upwards if you want all the Belgian whistles,” he said.
Nice find! Never saw that one before.
Welcome to the Eggcorn Forum, lennoxec!
Reported yesterday by Mark Liberman on the site, quoting somebody else. (Bryce Elder? I’m too ill-twitterate to figure out for sure.) It is a very classy eggcorn, though given the nasty Urban Dictionary-type meanings, one has to wonder if it was an eggplant. (Lots of people think the grosser a phrase they can hide under a pun the cleverer they are.)
Several other good ones were discussed in the comments, a number of which are already here. “Paystub artist” < “paste-up artist” (reported by Dick Margulis, with evidence it was somewhat standard) I think was not. Also the Shakespearean play A Fellow seemed a noteworthy Aunty Lehmann, if it’s really standard for anybody.
I enjoyed the following interchange:
David L said,
December 6, 2017 @ 10:04 am
I wonder how many of these are generation by speech-to-text conversion…
Mark Meckes said,
December 6, 2017 @ 10:50 am
I think they’re all generated by speech-to-text conversion. In most cases, that conversion was done by human beings.
Ouch, but true.
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2017-12-06 20:02:49)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .