Eggcorn or tip of the slung?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Aug 11 21:53:34 UTC 2005

On Aug 10, 2005, at 3:04 PM, I wrote:

> On Aug 10, 2005, at 12:14 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> "He was shouting, 'Eff you!' and other explicatives."
> 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.

now added to the database:


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