Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Apr 30 14:45:06 UTC 2008

Doesn't Google "intelligently" handle the hyphen, so that
"card-shark" and "cardshark" amount to the same?  I don't know what
it does with space vs. single word, although I have my suspicions --
that is, searching for "card shark" might count
"cardshark/card-shark", but not vice versa.


At 4/29/2008 11:19 PM, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>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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