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

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 3 03:04:35 UTC 2014


I used to think it was "mine as well" myself.

> On Nov 2, 2014, at 20:27, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 8:53 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>> A post to a Web page:
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>> "The show _minus well_ be called something different for every episode."
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>> Since this is from the site, "Bl[ack-]Asian Narrative," I assume
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>> m[aI]t [@s] well > m[~a~I]t [@s] well > m[~a~In] [@s] well > [m~a~In at s]
>> well,
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>> which is spelled "_minus_ well."
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> An early entry in the Eggcorn Database:
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> http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/129/minus/
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> The Twitter account "The Minus Well" retweets all sorts of odd
> reinterpretations of "might as well":
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> https://twitter.com/theminuswell
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> --bgz
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> Ben Zimmer
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