eggcorn: saddled -> straddled

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 29 04:51:08 UTC 2012

On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM, Ben Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> Subject: Â  Â  Â eggcorn: saddled -> straddled
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> "The reporters on the bus, now straddled with an unexpected new cost, fumed."
> Turns out this is a very common eggcorn -- I found recent examples
> from such sources as Dow Jones, Reuters, the Financial Times, and the
> New York Post. Into the database it goes:
> --bgz
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> Ben Zimmer
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Are you old enough ti remember that old song, "Don't Fence Me In"? It
had a verse,

"Let me saddle my old straddle
Underneath the western skies"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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