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Learned a new word today!

"Eggcorn"! An eggcorn is a substitution of a similar-sounding but incorrect word into a phrase that results in a phrase that is still plausible. For example, "ex-patriot" is an eggcorn of "expatriate", because while it is incorrect, it still makes sense. Another is "with baited breath" as a substitution for the correct phrase, "with bated breath". This is different from a malapropism, which is a substitution of a similar-sounding word into a phrase that makes it nonsense.

The term originated in 2003 during an online linguistics discussion, in which one of the participants mentioned a woman who thought the word "acorn" was "eggcorn". One of the other participants suggested using the word to describe the general phenomenon.

I don't know why, but this word and concept is just delightful to me.

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shyfoxling
Aug. 18th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
You know "mondegreen"?
shivver13
Aug. 18th, 2016 07:59 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't! That's a fun one, too! Though with all the "misheard lyrics" YouTube videos nowadays, mondegreens are getting more common. Here's a fun one (I love Carameldansen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWqC4KKiVbU
a_phoenixdragon
Aug. 19th, 2016 10:31 am (UTC)
That is really cool! I know I have more than a few eggcorns in my own writing...there is a term for it and that is just...MARVELOUS, really. :D

*HUGS*
shivver13
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aren't words fun? Sometimes I really wish I had gone into linguistics.
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