Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 30 03:19:54 UTC 2008

Is "card shark" a candidate for eggcorn?  Neither OED nor AHD list it,
although both, not surprisingly, have "card sharp."  Google gives the
following results:

card shark      549,000
card-shark      259,000
cardshark       259,000
cardsharking         112
cardsharker              9

card sharp      857,000
card-sharp      138,000
cardsharp       137,000
cardsharping      9,130
cardsharper        8,980

The hyphenated and single word searches produce essentially the same
lists, and there appears to be considerable overlap between the forms
with and without the space.


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