eggcorn - or just a misspelling?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Mar 10 20:29:00 UTC 2006

At 3:18 PM -0500 3/10/06, Alice Faber wrote:
>Bethany K. Dumas wrote:
>>>_____ is diabetic and prown to forget to take her meds.
>Well, if an eggcorn involves some kind of reanalysis, it would be hard
>to analyze this "error" as an eggcorn; what's it a blend of?

I agree; the *spelling* is no doubt influenced by that of "own", but
it's hard to argue that the writer thought "prone" was based on or
associated with "own" semantically.

>  So, I vote
>for misspelling.


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