Have you heard of eggcorns?
They’re off-quoted sayings that sometimes reel their ugly heads, and some might just leave you curled up in the feeble position.
Are they wrong? That might be a bit of a mute point. But can you tell the difference between an eggcorn and the real thing?
Linguist Daniel Midgley discusses them in one foul swoop on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
There’s Three Variants: Paper presented at LSA 2015 by Bonnie Krejci and Katherine Hilton, Stanford University (PDF)
To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines
Australian Aboriginal Stories of Ancient Sea-Level Rise Preserved for 13,000 Years
Revealed: how Indigenous Australian storytelling accurately records sea level rises 7,000 years ago
Eggcorn: The Invented Word That Describes Invented Words
This Is What ‘Eggcorns’ Are (and Why They’re Jar-Droppingly Good)
Eggcorns? Here, here!
‘Eggcorns’: The Gaffes That Spread Like Wildflowers
Google’s Ngram Viewer
“A real tro*per”
trooper vs. trouper
“exasperating the situation”
Which one swooped? Fowl, foul or fell? (Aside from the obvious.)
the “bud” of someone’s jokes
nip in the “butt”
coming down the “pike”
Butt To Buck, Start To Stark, Or Vice Versa?
Is It Straitjacket Or Straightjacket?
“straight” jacket is more common in books.
People emit a ‘germ cloud’ of bacteria as unique as a fingerprint, study finds
Congressman grabs pope’s water glass, takes a sip
Science Has Bad News for Guys With Man Buns
Science says the glorified man bun is a dangerous trend
#FreeKaren: Australians mock anti-radicalisation booklet
#freekaren: Govt’s school handout slammed for linking West Aust shark cull protest to radicalisation
Kevin Rudd: To the Good Burghers of Griffith
Etymology of borough, -burg, bourgeois, burglar
Find the tracks we play on the RTRFM webpage for this episode.