Post by Jenny M Benson Post by Penny
I've seen someone trying to sell a Chester draws - as a pose to one from
I don't know if that was the very first eggcorn I ever saw or heard,
but I saw it about 50-odd years ago and have never forgotten it.
Ah, eggcorn: a new word for me! Unfortunately, I won't remember it.
(Cognate with mondegreen, but I know the etymology of that one, so
remember it; do you know the origin of eggcorn?)
Post by Jenny M Benson
In a similar vein, when I was very young I used to hear people using a
certain word and I think maybe I used it myself sometimes. Then after
a few years I was reading a book in which was written "as a matter of
fact" and I realised what the "word" was and why it meant what it did.
Something like matrofact then? Yes, our legato language can be very hard
(especially for foreigners and machines)! There was a word I always
pronounced in my mind "mizzled" (to rhyme with grizzled), when I saw it
in print; I knew what it meant - puzzled of confused - but hadn't
figured out its pronunciation and origin. I think I was also familiar
with the normal pronunciation, and understood that too: I'd just never
connected the two - it wasn't until I read it out on some occasion, and
my mother (I think it was) said what was that word you just said, or
something like that. The subsequent conversation was very much a
lightbulb moment! I think I was at least into my teens, if not adult.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
"I'm very peachable, if people know how to peach" - Sir David Attenborough (on
being asked if he was tired of being described as impeachable), on Desert
Island Discs, 2012-1-29.