Eggcorn: momento

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Oct 12 02:05:34 UTC 2008

Good point. I'd bet that there are many, many people who don't even
know that there's a word, "memento," and when they hear it or see it,
think that it's an error for "momento."

Memento, homo, that you read it here, first.


On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:28 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> At 5:48 PM -0700 10/11/08, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>Momento itself gets 322 million supposed hits, a lot of which are
>>doubtless for the movie. It's "corporate momentos" (the item I
>>happened to be looking up) that gets 90. BB
> Perhaps worth noting that the movie (and quite a movie it was) is
> "Memento".  Most of the albums, bands, etc. with this name use the
> traditional spelling as well.  On the other hand, there is an album
> by a Portuguese musician named Pedro Abrunhosa ("known for always
> wearing sunglasses in public") which is in fact "Momento".  But I
> assume this is like the Italian "(uno) momento", corresponding to
> 'moment', not 'memento'.  In fact, I wonder how many of the (now)
> 281,000,000 hits actually correspond to the Romance language terms
> for 'moment' rather than respellings of "memento".
> LH
>>On Oct 11, 2008, at 5:09 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>>>Only *ninety*?! "Momento" is surely two days older than water!
>>>On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 9:28 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at
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>>>>For memento, perhaps because you remember the moment.
>>>>"corporate momentos" gets 90 hits on Google. BB
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