[Ads-l] popular eggcorn for poplar

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 26 19:10:18 UTC 2015


I'd expect a simple epenthesis, without ADJSTEM-ular influence, to yield a schwa rather than /j@/.  That's what we have in e.g. "filum" and "athelete" and "jew(e)lery" after all.  So "popilar" (not sure how to spell it) would be simple epenthesis, in the manner of "doppeler effect", as I've heard "Doppler effect" pronounced, but "popular" to rhyme with "copular" would involve a kind of eggcornification (or "influence" à la "nucular"--caught it this time!).  Not influence by "copular", of course, by just generalized -ular /j at l@r/

LH

> On Mar 26, 2015, at 2:54 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM> wrote:
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> 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
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>> 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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