Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Oct 5 19:04:53 UTC 2005

20 to 1 for beelzebub, though.


At 10/5/2005 11:44 AM, you wrote:
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>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: "Beezlebub"/Beelzebub?
> >Frank Deford (sp?) in his sports commentary on NPR this morning, referring
> >to a general perception of the big league team owners,  used "Beezlebubs."
> >This is a common error among children  (well, probably not *common*
> >anymore), but is it well established elsewhere?
> >A. Murie
> >
>I'm assuming his version was also trisyllabic, rather than the
>canonical four?  Maybe he--and the 19,900 others responsible for the
>google hits on "beezlebub"--are somehow merging "Beelzebub" with
>"Beetlejuice" (for the star formerly known as "Betelgeuse").

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