Never heard of “eggcorn”? . . . neither had I but now it’s a new favorite:
Merriam-Webster, “A word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase.” which included eggcorn among the more than 1,700 words added to its dictionary this past week
judy’s non-dominant hand drawing of 2 Escapegoats
” is an eggcorn when used instead of “spread like wildfire.” Spread like wildflowers “
” is an eggcorn if you meant “coleslaw.” Coldslaw “
” is an eggcorn of “cellphone.” Self phone A very smart 4 year old was telling me about getting ready for school each day and he had to remember to take his furnace bottle with him. “
?” I asked. “Yes, you know, a furnace bottle………keeps your soup hot until lunch time……… Furnace bottle She seduced him using her “
” (womanly wiles). womanly wilds “
“ For all Intensive Purpose
“ Eggcorn” itself is an eggcorn. Linguist Geoffrey Pullum is credited with coming up the word, which is the way some people say “acorn.” click to read
other eggcorns which pass the mustard
Animals, Creatures & Critters, Creative Expressions, Fun & Frivolity, IDEA!, Weird Wonderful World Tagged
dictionary definition of eggcorn, drawing of escapegoats, Eggcorns, English language, Linguist Geoffrey Pullum, NPR
Falling DOWN side UP?
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Win notoriety for your grammatical excellence, for your knowledge of the English language, for your keen mind,
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submitting all the different ways UP is used that are not up-loaded in this post.
Now . . . UP is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word
I t’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but
when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
Why do we speak UP and
why are the officers UP for election and
why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
We call UP our friends.
People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver;
we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car..
We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!
Use the word “up” in a sentence or a phrase that has not been used in this post.
DO NOT look the word UP in a dictionary because in a desk-sized dictionary, up takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.
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Falling UP side DOWN?
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Don’t let UP get you down.
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