[Ads-l] popular eggcorn for poplar

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Mar 26 18:54:50 UTC 2015


Is there a way to test whether it's an eggcorn or epenthesis? AFAIK, we 
don't hear nucular or cocular in these parts, so the eggcorn explanation 
seems more likely to me. BB

> Laurence Horn <mailto:laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> March 26, 2015 at 7:42 AM
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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>  =
> wrote:
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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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> Benjamin Barrett <mailto:gogaku at ix.netcom.com>
> March 25, 2015 at 11:46 PM
> 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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