"an emoticon of privacy"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 9 22:23:30 UTC 2012

On MSNBC, Megan McCain said the Obamas deserve "an emoticon of privacy":


A simple malaprop for "modicum," or more of an eggcorn? (She said it
twice, so it wasn't just a slip of the tongue.) An emoticon is a small
squiggly thing, so I can vaguely see a semantic basis for it.


Ben Zimmer

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