Thou shalt not eggcorn?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Mar 13 23:21:02 UTC 2006

On 3/13/06, Mark Peters <markpeters33 at> wrote:
> A few weeks ago, a friend was stuck riding with a slightly loony cabbie. Along
> with some other disturbing behavior, he started grilling her about religion, and
> at some point he came up with this beauty:
>   "Do you know all the Ten Amendments?"
>   Pretty wild, huh? This guy's giving quizzes and he doesn't even know what
> they're called.
>   Anyway, I would love to find this in print too, but all my searches all lead me
> toward discussion of real amendments. Has anyone heard this before?

Richard Lederer had it in one of his laundry lists of student
bloopers, included in _Fractured English_:
"Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Amendments."

Lederer never cites any sources for his purported malapropisms, so I
tend to think of them all as apocryphal. Nice to see one actually
spotted in the wild.

--Ben Zimmer

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