"bald case" -- an eggcorn?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jul 13 20:45:08 UTC 2009

In _White Over Black_ (Univ. of N.C. Press, 1968), page 218, Winthrop
D. Jordan wrote:

"But to throw man into the same 'Order' with the 'SIMIA' [simian; the
reference is to Linnaeus] was to make a bald case for regarding man
as subject to the same kind of scrutiny as other animals."

"Bald case" -- eggcorn for "bold case": or intentional allusion to --
or confusion with "naked, bare"; or simply a typographical error?


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