Eggcorn: foilage

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 12 02:49:14 UTC 2008

At 8:41 PM -0500 10/11/08, Jim Parish wrote:
>Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>>  2. Something that foils
>>  I have a serious thrist for a CONSTITUIONAL amendment that will force
>>  persons of foilage to report to the nearest nucular power plant for
>>  physcho-assessment and debreeding
so the re-programming can begin.
>>  (
>>  -masters/ )
>"[P]ersons of foilage" looks to me like a reference to Greens; if so, this
>would be another example of the original "foilage/foliage" confusion.
I don't know.  Given the loony context, it seems
equally likely that it refers to folks wearing
tin foil helmets that I think are supposed to be
designed either to shield the wearer from signals
or to attract them, I forget which.


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