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Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 19 11:15:08 EDT 2016


And see the Eggcorn Database for "straightjacket," "straight-laced," and
"Straight(s) of X" ("straight and narrow" is mentioned in the comments):

http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/319/straight/

As I discovered when I wrote about eggcorns for Oxford University Press
back in 2007, "straight-laced" beats out "strait-laced" by a 2-to-1 margin
in the Oxford English Corpus.

http://blog.oup.com/2007/07/eggcorn/

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

> The proverbial "straight and narrow path" collapses--and reanalyzes--the
> biblical (King James Version) "strait gate" and "narrow path."
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> > On Sep 18, 2016, at 11:01 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> > On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 9:33 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu
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> >> Cf. "straight is the gate"
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> > Do I have to?
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> >
> Sorry, Wilson.  I knew what that one must do to you.  Talk about SOTAs.
> You'll be glad to know that "strait" is holding its own, though, at
> least in cites of Matthew 7:14 (not to mention renderings of Gide's "La
> porte ├ętroite")
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