persay = per se

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 8 14:37:03 UTC 2010

At 10:13 AM -0400 9/8/10, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>One of my graduate Intro to Linguistics students just wrote (online):
>...students shouldn't be persay "forced" to learn...
>I got 92.9k raw ghits on it, although a fair number represent a
>company by that name.  Even an online legal dictionary has it,
>although in the definition they use the Latin term.  I'm using a slow,
>lame motel computer right now and it won't let me check the Eggcorn
>Database to see if "persay" or "per say" are listed there or in the
I'm not sure "persay" would really be an eggcorn (as opposed to a
loss of transparency and respelling by someone unfamiliar with the
Latin).  Does the meaning of "say" really enter into this
reconstruction?  Or is just an orthographic stab in the dark?


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