diety complex

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Aug 1 20:59:43 UTC 2005

Yeah--they probably mixed up the "i before e" rule, meaning to write "deity
complex," a clear reference to the mindset of those religious
fundamentalists one hears so much about these days.


--On Saturday, July 30, 2005 11:20 AM -0700 "Arnold M. Zwicky"
<zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:

> On Jul 30, 2005, at 4:45 AM, neil crawford wrote:
>> OK, so it may be a typo rather than an eggcorn, but, given the
>> obsession
>> with bodyweight, who knows?
>> 'Psychiatric appraisal was this one would soon flip out, the well
>> known Diety complex everyone talked about.'
> how to tell?  this is so incredibly common as a misspelling, no doubt
> encouraged by the rule "i before e...", that i don't think you can
> attribute any particular motive to someone who produces it.
> arnold

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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