Facebook: "The _mother-load_ of recordings!" [NT]

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 10 19:28:45 UTC 2013

Of course it's also possible as a null hypothesis that this is a simple misspelling, i.e. that there are speakers who have "load" 'load' and "load" 'lode' stored as homonyms, and for whom no reanalysis/eggcornification as such has taken place.


On May 10, 2013, at 5:31 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:

> Wilson Gray wrote
>> Subject:      Facebook: "The _mother-load_ of recordings!" [NT]
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>> -Wilson
> Arnold has this in the The Eggcorn Database - v. 0.5
> http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/531/motherload/
> [Begin excerpt]
> mother lode » motherload
> Classification: English
> Spotted in the wild:
>    “I registered for a few things. (After talking to R… it seems like
> we will indeed recover the motherload of all baby objects from her
> garage, leaving us not needing much stuff.)” (E-mail to Elizabeth
> Daingerfield Zwicky from a friend, October 2004)
>    “The motherload of cb info,…” (link)
>    “I found the Moso motherload! … I’ma happy man.” (link)
> Analyzed or reported by:
>    Anna, on this site (link)
>    Arnold Zwicky (The Fall Eggcorn Crop, on Language Log)
> “Load” is a great deal more familiar than “lode”, and the mother lode
> contains loads of (’lots of’) stuff, so the reinterpretation is
> understandable.
> There are also some cites with “motherload” reinterpreted as ‘a mother
> of a load, a huge load’: “Protect your computer from a motherload of
> viruses, spyware Web site, company offer free ways to protect PC…”
> (link)
> {End excerpt]
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