[Ads-l] "out way" for "outweigh"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 9 00:25:37 UTC 2015

On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 7:45 PM, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote:
> From a comment on an article at Atlantic.com
>> Emotion and logic are not of equal value. Does not science and the
>> collective efforts of humanity qualify as a higher form of discourse?
>> The needs of the many out way the feelings of a few.
> I figured this must be a one off, but Google returns 400+ actual hits
> for "out way the," the vast majority reanalyses of "outweigh."
> It doesn't seem to be in the eggcorn database.

No, but we do have "way anchor," "anchors away," and "way in (on)":


And in the other direction, "fall by the weigh side," "weigh-lay," and
"weigh station":



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