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today's wwftd is... eggcorn

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  • tsuwm
    the worthless word for the day is: eggcorn [sounds like acorn] a word which is changed into another which is either said the same or is closely similar and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2013
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      the worthless word for the day is: eggcorn

      [sounds like acorn]
      a word which is changed into another which is
      either said the same or is closely similar and
      which seems to make at least as good sense in
      context as the original (see also 'mondegreen')

      link: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-egg3.htm

      "There are hundreds of eggcorns. Jeanette Winterson
      wrote in the Times in 2006 about a repairman who
      told her that her washing machine had given up the
      goat (and who had invented a wondrous story to
      explain it about farmers passing on their livestock
      to their heirs when they died)."
      - worldwidewords [see the link]

      (thanx to John McGaw for the suggestion)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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