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In the Wild

Before I started my regular visits to the Language Log I had never heard of eggcorns. But thanks to the explanation by Mark Liberman and numerous examples I soon understood what they were about. Now, finally, I can report what I believe to be my first conscious sighting of an eggcorn in the wild. In The Alpha Sigma Tau Times, the parent newsletter I just received, I am told that “the Delta Phi chapter has many talented singers (in addition to a few tone-death members).” According to Google, this writer is not the only one who uses “tone-death.” For those who would like to pursue this matter — the Eggcorn Database is a good starting point (one of my favorites: “nip in the butt”).


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