Yolking on the campaign trail

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 21 13:23:30 UTC 2012

Today the NY Times managed to print (in its NE Edition) the following
in its report of the Brown--Warren Massachusetts senatorial debate:

"On the campaign trail, Ms. Warren often tries to yolk Mr. Brown to
Mr. Romney and Representative Paul D. Ryan, the vice-presidential candidate."

I wish I could make this into an eggcorn, but I'm unable to.  Unless
the writer was thinking that "yolking" is throwing rotten eggs.  Or
that "Professor" Warren, as "Senator" Brown kept calling her, had
developed a throat problem on the dusty campaign trail and was
hiccupping, or coughing like a sheep.  ("yolk, v.")

Regretfully, probably only a fingerfehler -- mistyping by doubling
down on two adjacent keyboard characters.


P.S.  My version of Word does not suggest any spelling corrections
for this particular sentence.


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