"Brass tacks" (1876) and etymological evidence

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 8 19:04:57 UTC 2005

Neither an eggcorn nor a stupidism. Just a silly lapse.

I blame society.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU> wrote:
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On Mon, 8 Aug 2005 11:48:05 -0700, Jonathan Lighter

>If this jest could be pushed back a few years, and shone to have had a
>wide circulation, it might well have had some bearing on the creation of
>the "brass tacks" metaphor.

Eggcorn alert-- that is, if JL is seeking illumination...

--Ben Zimmer

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