not quite eggcorns

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Dec 22 16:57:51 UTC 2008

On Dec 19, 2008, at 8:10 PM, Victor wrote:

> ... 1.    I don't want to wear this hat because it's too big for me.
> -- Do
> you want to wear my hat? -- No, it's *too-bigger*!

this is from a kid, but "too bigger" 'too much bigger' (and "so
bigger", "that bigger", etc.) are moderately common (as a non-standard
variant, not an error).

   Too bigger of a bag and you end up packing too much stuff into it
and killing your shoulders and back by the end of the day! [note "of"
variant of exceptional degree marking]

   ..too big is terrible... hehe... yes, C CUP is enough ...above D is
too bigger... A/B should be ignored. ...

   But in this example, it doesn't occurs, i can't draw a polygon that
is too bigger than its rectangle. When i try, this message (above)

the kid example has a somewhat different semantics for "too much
bigger" -- something like 'even more too big'.  as in this example:

   If GM and Chrsyler are too big to fail, wouldn't merging make them
"too bigger to fail" like all of these banks that are swallowing
each ...

an extra wrinkle is that "too bigger" (etc.) sometimes occur with what
looks like ordinary degree modification (without the "a(n)"):

   It's not too bigger deal, I'm sure this list is mirrored somewhere.'t-import-keys-on-OSX-td19287064.html

even to the point of allowing a preceding determiner:

   Is 15 years a too bigger age difference?? I am 22 he is 37?


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