[Ads-l] distain/disdain eggcorn

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 25 16:25:22 UTC 2016


Not really an eggcorn unless speakers/writers are imagining a connection with "stain".  It does remind me of "disgression", a technically nonexistent word that can be readily attested with three different meanings ('discretion', 'digression', 'indiscretion' [i.e. misdeed])).  It's all the fault of the annoying neutralization of stop consonants after /s/.

LH

 

> On Jan 25, 2016, at 11:17 AM, Benjamin Barrett <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> The AP sent out a political article that was picked up around the country today that twice uses “distain” for “disdain”, a mixup not in the Eggcorn Database.
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> "Questions Only the Iowa Caucuses Can Answer”
> 25 January 2016
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bit.ly_20oYUMu&d=AwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=G08laICCKy1gRDzdjH3bQOUa1m-L5wntJrtsh4Hw-X0&s=bDxnwooK68vRxnbIByxGJe-Jy2qN7Fs_7vG5mCarELA&e=  <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__bit.ly_20oYUMu&d=AwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=G08laICCKy1gRDzdjH3bQOUa1m-L5wntJrtsh4Hw-X0&s=bDxnwooK68vRxnbIByxGJe-Jy2qN7Fs_7vG5mCarELA&e= >
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> Many professional Republicans distain Trump and worry about his long-term effect on the party's ability to win over general election voters.
> 
> But Republicans who dislike Trump as much as they distain Cruz - and many find both unacceptable - now wish for a Trump victory in Iowa.
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> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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