Do you enjoy eggcorns?

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  1. Friedrich Kugelschreiber

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    It's from Hamlet.

    "Ay, marry, is't:
    But to my mind, though I am native here
    And to the manner born, it is a custom
    More honour'd in the breach than the observance."
     
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    The other day, I saw:
    "The position will be eminently filled"

    It *could* be right, particularly if you're hiring a cardinal. But otherwise, the word is "imminently"...
     
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    SapereAude Senior Member

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    Yes, I am aware that it was originally from Hamlet. But the original has generally fallen out of favor and been superseded by the "manor" version and meaning.

    http://word-detective.com/2011/10/to-the-manner-manor-born/

    Another instance of creeping incrementalism, perhaps, but a shift in meaning nonetheless.
     
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    "Star Wars was the first movie to earn a reputation as a party movie—the fans brought costumes, beach balls, folding chairs for the line, and an almost palatable anticipation."

    ... I think you mean palpable. Palatable means it can be eaten.
     
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    I think it carries more of a context of being tasty, not just edible. But I agree -- "palpable" is probably what was intended.
     
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    Wasn't he the Emperor?
     
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    Yes, but he can be eaten and could be tasty if prepared properly.
     
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    "The Code outlawed all overt or suggestive sexual references or representations... everything the Fleischer Studio and their star character Betty Boop strived upon."

    Yeah, I think you mean thrived on. Lol, the upon adds even another layer of eggcorn on top—trying to use the big fancy words to sound all smart and failing.

    Source video: Betty Boop Cartoons — Sexiest & Naughtiest Pre-Code Moments | Cartoon Evolution Companion
     
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    "Wreaked of rotten fish."

    Supposed to be "reeked," obviously.
     
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    Another product of modern "education," and Huked On Fonyks.
     
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    The star announced her pregnancy just months after dating Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudenkis - now engaged to Olivia Wilde - and has also been linked to other famous men including Ashton Kutcher, and Josh Groban.
    However, the X-Men actress told the magazine for luxury website Net-A-Porter she has no plans to reveal the identity her son's father, bizarrely comparing it to talking about her sexual preferences.
    'It's just not something the public needs to know,' she told the online magazine.
    'I don't divulge my sexual preferences. There are parts of your life – no matter what your job – that should remain private.
    'When I was starting out, other actors advised me to keep certain things close to the vest.
    'When you become a public figure people want to know everything about you, and then [they] pick it apart – it becomes negative.'
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    Close to your chest? As in "keeping your cards close to your chest".

    https://matthewdicks.com/2016-4-20-close-to-the-chest-or-close-to-the-vest-the-answer-annoys-the-hell-out-of-me/
    Is it close to the vest or close to the chest?
    The answer: Both. There is no definitive answer to this question. While it appears that “close to the vest” appeared first, “close to the chest” followed almost immediately, and today, both are used with equal frequency. 20 Apr 2016
     
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    I'm more familiar with Close the the vest. But more importantly, which X-Men actress? Inquiring minds want to know! :supergrin:
     
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    January Jones!
     
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    Presumably, one's vest is close to one's chest.
     
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    Iain Aschendale Potatoes again? Supporter Contributor

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    Riverboat gamblers lived in an era where vests were common menswear.
     
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    I don't think I have ever heard "close to the chest." The one I have always encountered has been "close to the vest."
     
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    I just came across a reference to "running the gauntlet" in the context of undergoing an ordeal. Unless the ordeal involves being slapped by medieval hand armor or long stout gloves, usually for use in riding or driving, as one is running along, the proper word is "gantlet."
     
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    Not in British English:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_the_gauntlet#:~:text=To%20run%20the%20gauntlet%20means,trial%20that%20one%20must%20overcome.
     
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    Fascinating {/Spock voice].

    I'm thoroughly American, a senior citizen, and I have always heard, seen it, and spelled it "gauntlet." I never knew there was an alternative spelling.
     
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    Same

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    "Haft to" listen...

    to?

    FML
     
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    Rest bite.

    If the context hadn't been so clear, I'm not sure I would have got that one.

    Respite. The word is respite.
     
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    Exasperate for exacerbate:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9524557/India-Covid-Patients-turn-witch-doctors-virus-hits-rural-areas.html#comments

    Global Ambassador, Your Head, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
    This is horrendous, the problem is their actions are just going to exasperate the situation, it needs a major international intervention. Banishing evil spirits and witch doctors are not the answer.
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    As someone else also picked up:
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    Slushypup, Cornwall, United Kingdom, 3 hours ago
    Exacerbate, but yes. I totally agree. Education and information is needed but sadly, I don't think these people would believe the facts.
     
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    "The Grateful Dead performed in St Louis before Jerry Garcia died 26 times."~ a DJ on the local classic rock station
     
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