pedalling those myths

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Tue Jun 27 18:07:53 UTC 2006

>On Jun 25, 2006, at 6:14 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> an eggcorn of possible interest:
>> This is from a posting on a linguistics-related list (not ours, of
>> course).  The poster, discussing a speech by an uninformed British
>> prescriptivist who rejects the systematicity of non-standard
>> varieties of English, objects to the necessity of "having to endure
>> the pedalling of such dangerous myths by such an influential figure".
>> I've earlier come across "soft-petalling" conclusions, so I guess
>> it's only fair that "pedal" gets its eggcornish revenge elsewhere.
>the database has soft-pedal >> soft-peddle (file 455) and backpedal
> >> backpeddle (175), but not (apparently) the reverse.  "peddle" and
>"pedal" are easy spelling confounds, and that might be all that's
>going on here.  i wonder what image the poster had in mind.

>"peddle" and
>"pedal" are easy spelling confounds, ............

.........probably further confused  by "pedlar."

~@:>   ~@:>   ~@:>   ~@:>

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list