[Ads-l] popular eggcorn for poplar

Galen Buttitta satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 26 15:51:00 UTC 2015


I think he meant the pronunciation of "nuclear" as "nucular".

> On Mar 26, 2015, at 11:14, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Sorry, I am confused. Are you replacing "nuclear" BY "nuclear", or
> "nuclear" FOR "nuclear"?...
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> DanG
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> On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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>> It's that -(c)ular adjectival juggernaut again, as seen earlier in the =
>> replacement of "nuclear" by "nuclear" (and, to a lesser extent in that =
>> of "cochlear" by "cocular"), sponsored by "ocular", "jocular", =
>> "spectacular", "vernacular", "particular", "muscular", and by extension =
>> non-velar examples like "modular" et al.=20
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>>>> On Mar 26, 2015, at 2:46 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM> =
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>>> I have heard two people recently pronounce "poplar" as "popular." =
>> Nothing too surprising, but it's not in the Eggcorn database. BB
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