|Me and Mt Baker behind
I did have a possible topic, though: eggcorns. Do you know what they are? I didn't before this morning when I was listening to NPR on my way to the walk with my lady friends. But in a sense I have known about them for a long time. An "eggcorn" is a substitution for a word or phrase that sounds similar to the real one. I remember long ago a friend who always said that "we should nip it in the butt" when he meant that we should nip something in the bud. That's an eggcorn, a word that sounds a little like "acorn." These days it's a real phenomenon, and Wikipedia has helped me to think about other eggcorns I've known and loved over the years. Can you think of any others? Here's a few to get you started:
- Bobwire (barbed wire)
- From the gecko (from the get-go)
- In lame man's terms (in laymen's terms)
- Old-timer's disease (Alzheimer's disease)
- Case and point (case in point)
And so many more. This is my quick and dirty post to get me ready for tomorrow's Eye on the Edge, when I wake up in the morning I'll be up to day.