"Charter-member" vs. "chartered member"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 5 02:57:08 UTC 2012

My high school's traditional rival, on its W:pedia page, describes
itself as a "_chartered_ member," i.e, "founding-member," of a local
athletic conference in Saint Louis. "Eggcorn!" I thought. But, it
turns out that there really is such a state as "_chartered_ member,"
in the sense of - very roughly - "having earned a charter attesting to
one's mastery of a field, as opposed to one's being merely an
interested amateur." Or something like that.


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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