eggcorn: crash commercialism

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 6 15:07:52 UTC 2012

The Eggcorn Forum does have a post about the substitution of "cross"
for "crass" yielding "cross materialism" and "cross commercialism".

A Google search located the following excerpt which shows a writer
using multiple terms in a distinctive fashion including "cross

[Begin excerpt]
Its hypnotic views, gentle lanes, simple work culture and an affable
climate, Yercaud will leave you touched. Yercaud boasts of a Botanical
park, a State horticulture center, a beautiful lake and numerous

Inspite of the availability of all these, it has avoided to fall in a
trap of cross commercialism. We remain speechless for its magnanimous
beauty. ------ A warm welcome to leave you hypnotized.
[End excerpt]

On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> I was hoping some of these would be about ambulance chasing or
> fraudulent accident insurance claims, but seemingly not.
> Joel
> At 3/6/2012 02:56 AM, Randy Alexander wrote:
>>A friend sent this in to me:
>>"Crash commercialism" for "crass commercialism".  This seems to be partly
>>borne out of anticipating /S/ where /s/ should be.
>>Not in the ECDB.
>>Randy Alexander
>>Xiamen, China
>>Manchu studies:
>>Chinese characters:
>>Language in China (group blog):
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