[Ads-l] "Might as well," re-analyzed; dialect clash

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 3 02:27:21 UTC 2014

On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> A post to a Web page:
> "The show _minus well_ be called something different for every episode."
> Since this is from the site, "Bl[ack-]Asian Narrative," I assume
> m[aI]t [@s] well > m[~a~I]t [@s] well > m[~a~In] [@s] well > [m~a~In at s]
> well,
> which is spelled "_minus_ well."

An early entry in the Eggcorn Database:


The Twitter account "The Minus Well" retweets all sorts of odd
reinterpretations of "might as well":



Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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