"failed victim"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 28 14:32:06 UTC 2010

Aren't spellcheckers a contributing factor? I often find when I mistype
that the suggested correction is not the word I wanted.

Given the absence of editing for much online media content, mistakes are


On 6/28/2010 10:00 AM, Baker, John M. wrote:
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>          Really an eggcorn?  Or a writing error?  It looks like an eggcorn, of course, but I'm inclined to believe that this professional writer knows that the standard phrase is not "has failed victim."  Nor does it appear to be an intentional play on words.  Rather, my guess is that the writer inadvertently combined "failed" and "fallen victim," something he would not have done if he had written more carefully.
> John Baker
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>   From the UK edition of Google News, a new-to-me eggcorn:
>      National UK Newspaper Spreads Fake iPhone 4 Recall Rumour
>      <http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct2=uk%2F4_0_s_0_0_t&ct3=MAE4AkgAUABqAnVregF0&usg=AFQjCNH9bdGpDzkfVjm7-gZDbg7zV_NZJA&sig2=ds7ZTpEeDemDPgdMHYrojQ&cid=17593767514453&ei=4kEoTNjcHaXWNJrt7_gC&rt=HOMEPAGE&vm=STANDARD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.itproportal.com%2Fportal%2Fnews%2Farticle%2F2010%2F6%2F27%2Fnational-uk-newspaper-spread-fake-iphone-4-recall-rumour%2F>
>      <javascript:void(0);>
> ITProPortal - Desire Athow
> <http://news.google.com/news/search?cf=all&ned=uk&hl=en&q=author%3A%22Desire+Athow%22&scoring=n>
> - ý5 hours agoý
> Brit Newspaper, the Daily Mail, has failed victim to the infamous Fake
> Steve Jobs after the latter twittered on his ceoSteveJobs account early
> this morning that Apple may have to recall the new iPhone 4 before
> adding that "this, I did not expect".
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