another one from a post!

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Aug 16 17:33:41 UTC 2009

On Aug 16, 2009, at 9:44 AM, David A. Daniel wrote:

> And yet another eggcorn!!! ... there are still a tone of
> them on the internet :)

people are way too quick to cry "eggcorn".

i'd let Julia Achenbach speak for herself, but i'll bet she pronounces
the word as [t^n] (or something close to that), not [ton].  what
"tone" looks like here is an orthographic compromise between the
British spelling TONNE and the American spelling TON.  nothing
eggcornish about it at all, i'd suppose.


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