Arnold M. Zwicky
zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Dec 28 01:46:34 UTC 2004
On Dec 27, 2004, at 11:48 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> Heard on today's The People's Court, spoken by Judge Marilyn Millan:
> How, _on God's green acre_, do you explain this?
> For the younger members: back in the day, there was a popular novel and
> a movie with the title, "God's Little Acre,"
or, as larry horn and dennis preston point out, the tv show "Green
> which the good judge
> appears to have crossed with the common expression, "on God's green
...which makes it, not an eggcorn strictly speaking, but an instance of
its cousin the idiom blend -- on which, see recent Language Log pieces
by geoff nunberg, mark liberman, and me:
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