[Ads-l] New to me: "deep-seeded"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 19 00:08:37 UTC 2015

On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 6:17 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> in place of "deep-seated"
> As usual, I'm behind the curve: 320,000 raw G-hits, including an astounding
> number  - i.e. more than one - of pswaydo-etymologies in justification of
> "deep-seeded" as the "proper" form.
> A question arises: is there, in fact, a distinction between [d] and
> "flapped" [t]/?

One of the earliest entries in the Eggcorn Database:


...and the first of many in our "t-flapping" category:



Ben Zimmer

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