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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 19 00:36:16 UTC 2015


> On Jun 18, 2015, at 8:08 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 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:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__eggcorns.lascribe.net_english_46_seed_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=lhhsD9q8si0MgbTOg_KfCelt3QD_69f-edmxqjtkp5E&s=8UGh9VLW7Vq2gpbSljJNxtsOyW6uN9btAlJzv4dUSkc&e= 
> 
> ...and the first of many in our "t-flapping" category:
> 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__eggcorns.lascribe.net_category_english_t-2Dflapping_&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=lhhsD9q8si0MgbTOg_KfCelt3QD_69f-edmxqjtkp5E&s=l5aLFA1zkddUnLPMv91PmA3TDjo8J2O1k7X-8PJvu0k&e= 
> 

Nice collection.  I have a few examples of some of these I've gathered over the years as well (e.g. a reference to the "diluted state" of a character in a movie being reviewed), and I especially love "cuddlefish", but one of the early examples doesn't involve homonymy for me:  "said and done" > "set and done".  It occurs to me that the difference for me is that the latter doesn't have a flap or a [t], but a glottal stop, while the former doesn't.  Otherwise, they're all (well, almost all--not "Cadillac converter" < "catalytic converter") possible at least on phonological grounds.

LH

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