Eggcorns

Thanks to the magic of Technorati, I discovered that I’ve been linked to by The Eggcorn Database. It

collects unusual spellings of a particular kind, which have come to be called eggcorns. Typical examples include free reign (instead of free rein) or hone in on (instead of home in on), and many more or less common reshapings of words and expressions: a word or part of a word is semantically reanalyzed, and the spelling reflects the new interpretation.

They just started operations last week and give themselves a ver. 0.4-alpha designation, but it promises to be good stuff.

The post that the Eggcorn Database links to is This will wreck havoc with Lunatics and Werewolves, won’t it?. And what I find particularly amusing is that I don’t really recall whether I was trying to be clever by using “wreck” instead of “wreak”, if I mis-typed “wreak” but it got past the spell-checker since “wreck” is also a word, if I mis-typed “wreak” and the spell-checker suggested “wreck” before “wreak” and I took it, or if I really just thought it was supposed to be “wreck havoc”.

That post is just a quickie and a little-tongue in check, so maybe I was just trying to be clever. I do that from time to time. Or maybe I was just being stupid. I do that from time to time as well.

Not that anyone’s ever noticed the latter, of course.

Anyway, it’s a honor to be recognized by the Eggcorn Database, and doubly-so because I’m a “charter honoree” of sorts since I was noted so early in the site’s development.

And I think I always thought it was supposed to be free reign

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  • Toejam says:

    ‘And I think I always thought it was supposed to be free reign… Jeez Murdoc you sure about that?, I thought FREE RAIN was always free. That’s why I always carry a poncho with me!

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