trellis table--eggcorn?

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 15 04:43:36 UTC 2009

I'm posting this here instead of on the ECDB because I can't get
logged into it.  The homepage search function on ECDB shows no results
for "trellis table."

In the 2005 introduction to his 1999 novel Dead Souls, Ian Rankin
comments that a reader at a Q&A asked why he used "trellis table" for
"trestle table."  He hadn't realized that he'd done so until he
checked his published novels and found several instances of it.
"Trellis table" gets 740k raw googits, and "trestle table" gets 203k.
They sound similar, and some designs of trestle tables have trellis
work on them.  Both support themselves by crossed pieces of wood,
although not all trestle tables have that design.  It looks as if the
eggcorn is taking over.


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