on the eggcorn beat

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Wed Apr 30 12:14:23 UTC 2008

From:    "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>

> from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., as reported in today's NYT (p.
> A14):

> "If you think I'm going to let you talk about my mama, and her
> religious tradition," he said, pausing a beat, "you got another thing
> coming."

If this was a transcription of an unwritten statement, though, it's
unclear whether this is an eggcorn in production (i.e., that's precisely
what Rev. Wright said) or an eggcorn in perception (i.e., that's not
what he said, but rather it's how the transcriber heard it).

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