I love autumn. I live in southern California where the temperature is currently a brisk 99°, so autumn doesn’t really mean leaves changing or people bundling up to watch the local pro football team. To me, autumn means Halloween and Thanksgiving, and eggcorns scattered about the landscape.
An eggcorn is a word or phrase that someone uses in place of a “correct” word or phrase, because he has heard the original phrase incorrectly or didn’t understand it, but wants to use the phrase; he makes up a phrase with a similar sound and (sometimes) meaning. Often the eggcorn misses the mark, but the results can be poetic:
- a social leopard
- whoa is me
- baited breath
- lack toast and tolerant
- put the cat before the horse
- jar dropping
“Eggcorn” itself is an eggcorn for “acorn.” And, of course, you can find eggcorns throughout the year, not just now. I just like thinking of squirrels reeking havoc and storing up post-dramatic stress disorders in their spears of influence right now, in preparation for winter.
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