Explosive eggcorn

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Fri Jul 17 20:25:59 UTC 2009

On 17 Jul 2009, at 12:19, Arnold Zwicky wrote:

> On Jul 17, 2009, at 3:40 AM, Bill Palmer wrote:
>> From CNN's homepage this morning.  I believe this qualifies.
>> Police found an unexploded bomb on the 18th floor of the J.W.
>> Marriott =
>> Hotel, but they were able to diffuse it.=20
> in the ecdb, an early entry in fact:
> http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/33/diffuse/

I've seen this one in the other direction, too, as in "defuse the
poison" or "I put a silver, white and black leopard print scarf over
the lamp to defuse the light a little." So for some, the two verbs
seem to be fusing.

However, defuse>diffuse makes more sense to me.


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