cuff/cup eggcorns?

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Mon Dec 22 18:15:10 UTC 2008

Mishearing AND especially misremembering.
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From: Arnold Zwicky
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] cuff/cup eggcorns?
Sent: Dec 22, 2008 12:18 PM

On Dec 19, 2008, at 8:03 PM, Herb Stahlke wrote:

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> Subject:      cuff/cup eggcorns?
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> I've frequently heard the expressions "rotator cup" and "blood
> pressure cup" for "rotator cuff" and "blood pressure cuff."  Google
> hits ...
> ... why would "cup" replace "cuff"?  Is the use of "cuff" as a strip
> or fold encircling the wrist or ankle at the end of a sleeve/trouser
> leg falling out of common use so that the resemblence of the BP
> instrument no longer obviously resembles one?

but "cup" wouldn't make more sense.

this is likely to originate from a mishearing, i'd guess.


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