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Chris -- 2018-04-11
I saw a post on Instagram with a fancy graphic and stats that show that ketchup is now less popular than mayonnaise. The title said “Mayonnaise overthroned Ketchup to be the king of condiments.” I don’t know if they actually meant “has overthrown” or “overthrew” or “dethroned” but it certainly seems to be an eggcorn in this context. I honestly don’t believe they were trying to be cute. I think they just used a word they thought was real but isn’t.
Last edited by soccerlemon (2020-11-17 17:48:20)
A first-class word blend.
Probably not an eggcorn, though. The best case I could make for it would be to claim the perp(s) think of one kingship with a “high and lofty” throne, and another comes along with with a higher and loftier one, that towers over the first, so to speak. Actually, it sounds more plausible once I have it written out ― maybe it is an eggcorn, after all.
At least if it standardizes. Is there evidence that, as you suggest, “they thought it was real”?
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .