Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Oct 19 20:28:10 UTC 2005

Probably not an eggcorn, though still a surprise.  "Cough" is an old slang term for "confess," but I haven't run into it in a long time.  It's evidently never lost currency in Britain.

Cf., from a uk e-address:

2002 The Drug Test on the Other Foot (Usenet :rec.arts.sf.fandom )(July 8) : You turn over his digs and find a load of stuff nicked from other houses. Joe X coughs to, say six burglaries.

HDAS has U.S. exx. from 1899-1921.


Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: Wilson Gray
Subject: Eggcorn?

"Apple coughs to iPod Nano screen flaws"

Headline at

The URL itself - "apple_admits" - makes it clear that what is meant is
"cops to."

-Wilson Gray

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