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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2018-08-24 20:50:58

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1364

"due" for "do"

This substitution is in the Eggcorn Database and has been mentioned more than once in the Forum, but I think it’s usually dismissed as a mere misspelling—and appropriately so. However, I recently encountered an example the context of which suggests to me that it’s an eggcorn in this case.

And that still does not due him justice.
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The very familiar notion of justice being due someone suggests to me that this example may be an actual eggcorn rather than a mere misspelling.



#2 2018-08-25 10:58:08

From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 207

Re: "due" for "do"

Since it is very common to use any noun as a verb, why not do it with adjectives, too? I like your reasoning here, Dixon.

“I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin



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