Eggcorn or tip of the slung?

Chris Waigl cwaigl at FREE.FR
Wed Aug 10 22:14:31 UTC 2005

Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:

>oh lord!  ca. 1,190 raw google webhits for "explicative deleted" (as
>against ca. 63,700 for "expletive deleted")!  looks eggcornish.  i'm
>guessing the sound-symbolic value of the /plIk/ plays some role.
>there are even 4 hits for "shout explicatives" (as against ca. 650
>for "shout expletives").
>i'm still in amazement at "woeth me" and "valevictorian".  and now this.
We've just received a comment by someone contributing "valid V/victorian"...

Chris Waigl


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