eggcornish "tattletale signs"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jun 11 16:14:13 UTC 2009

But ... "tattle" = "tell (on)" -- from OED, "3. To talk without
reticence so as to reveal secrets or private affairs; to blab, 'tell tales'."

And the OED has for "tattle-tale", "1. = TELL-TALE n. (a.) ".  From
1889 through 1977, including the attributive "1962 'K. ORVIS' Damned
& Destroyed xiii. 89 Helen's tattle-tale scars." and the comb.
"tattle-tale gray".  (Reminds me -- I need to do a wash.)

Not an eggcornish pasty to me, just two words with the same meaning.


At 6/11/2009 04:09 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>Instantly recognizable for their sensuous texture and warm, luminous
>palette, Wayne Thiebaud's images of cakes, pies, and other everyday
>objects brought him to international prominence in the 1960s. His food
>paintings explore society's fascination with, and ritualistic
>treatment of, certain culinary items; Thiebaud (American, b. 1920)
>paints what he has called the "tattletale signs" of our culture.
>"tattletale" for "telltale", probably playful for Thiebaud.
>there's a modest number of apparently straightforward instances, for
>[from _Cosmetic Surgery_, by Rhonda S. Narins] ... are bombarded with
>media messages telling them they can use creams, injections, and
>surgery to erase these tattletale signs of their advancing age. ...
>[safer sex advice] Watch for tattletale signs that the body (yours or
>your play partner's), has reached its limit where you need to rest for
>a bit, call for a change in the ...
>[stand-up comedy workshop] Here are the tattletale signs: Opening with
>"How you all doin' tonight?" or " Enjoying the show so far?" or "Wus
>up?" They don't care. ...
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>When I arrived and took a look at the engine I didn't see any of the
>tattletale signs of over heating. Like black spark plug or burnt oil
>on the cylinders.
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