resend not quite eggcorns

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 23 02:56:06 UTC 2008

(sorry! forgot to switch off the "rich text")

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
> 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 big is terrible... hehe... yes, C CUP is enough ...above D is
> too bigger... A/B should be ignored. ...

This may be a joking comparative, (too big) + er, like the following:

> 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 ...
> html
> 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.

Might this not be a reanalysis of "it's not too big a deal"? (Instead
of going to "not too big of a deal", as we have discussed a lot

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