Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 20 21:49:41 UTC 2007

Well, there's no necessary connection between spelling and
pronunciation in English.


On Dec 20, 2007 5:14 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Comeupins
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> A recently published author clued me into this spelling of "comeuppance".
> "Does Karma exist? Or is it just comeupins?"
> (
> "I'd like to see those responsible get their 'comeupins'."
> (
> There are 1310 Googits, though many seem to be for a person whose handle
> is comeupins.
> It seems to be an eggcorn of sorts, or a sounded out spelling at least.
> But the spelling doesn't really seem to reflect the sound at the end of
> the word "ns" for "ts". Perhaps there's a different pronunciation or
> perhaps people are looking at "-pins" differently than I do.
> Benjamin Barrett
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