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#209673 - 02/21/13 08:51 AM eggcorn  
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One of my students wrote, "I was born from my mother's wound."
One says his major is auto motives.

I also have a friend who speaks of burglers who ramshacked the room
Someone makes a halfhazard attempt.

#209674 - 02/21/13 09:27 AM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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Eggcorn? Surely this is a mondegreen.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen

#209677 - 02/21/13 09:59 AM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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Aha, I finally have a word for it! Hope I don't get my knuckles rapped here for being too crude, but now I realize it's multiple "eggcorns" that I have in the description of my favorite imaginary opera, "The Battered Bride", by the Check composer, Smegma. (Not contemplating bruises and spousal abuse here, but immersion in a tasty mixture of flour and beer as part of some traditional Bavarian nuptial practice :-)

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#209679 - 02/21/13 11:32 AM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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Never knew there was a term for 'Oldtimer's' disease, in lieu of Alzheimer's. An eggcorn I frequently encounter as a physician.

#209681 - 02/21/13 12:07 PM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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Since English is not his first language, my father is susceptible to unintentionally expressing himself in eggcorns.

My favorite is "Migraine Workers:" you know, those undocumented immigrants who pick crops.

I'm guessing there are more than a few politicians who would embrace my dad's phrasing.

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#209682 - 02/21/13 12:08 PM Re: eggcorn [Re: Engelsepiet]  
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Originally Posted By: Engelsepiet
Eggcorn? Surely this is a mondegreen.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen


They are related. This Language Log post discusses the difference, also bringing in the other related term folk etymology.

#209683 - 02/21/13 12:12 PM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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A friend of mine used to grade high school entrance essays and one of her favorites was when a writer spoke of his or her "self of steam". Another that I have often heard spoken by children at the beach is: "Don't get caught by the Under Toad!"

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#209691 - 02/21/13 04:17 PM Re: eggcorn [Re: drewl512]  
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Welcome to you new posters: it's great having you.


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#209700 - 02/22/13 12:37 AM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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The Under Toad was a thing from The World According to Garp.

#209746 - 02/24/13 01:50 AM Re: eggcorn [Re: sanA]  
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At a Stevie Nicks concert I was at in 2011, Stevie was telling the story of how she asked Tom Petty's wife how old she was when she met Tom Petty. Petty's wife replied "At the age of 17." Stevie heard it as "edge" not"age," and that's how the song "Edge of 17" came to be, at least according to Stevie Nicks herself. That would be an eggcorn.

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