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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jul 9 00:33:33 UTC 2015


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> Date: July 8, 2015 at 8:25:37 PM EDT
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> From: Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Re: "out way" for "outweigh"
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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> 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)":
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__eggcorns.lascribe.net_english_58_way_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=LwZhvo9js86DTmHxU3tGlOqzqByvO-4YSwJirzOKL90&s=fN6W5_SzjFaOeDULYXlE-RFSzqX2N05wC0jrXecLl0M&e= 
> 
> And in the other direction, "fall by the weigh side," "weigh-lay," and
> "weigh station":
> 
I especially like the fact that all three of the cites for "weigh station" at the ecdb involve colleges and students (as opposed to trucks and truckers).  As we used to say, HEAVVV-EEEE.

LH

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