Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Dec 28 01:46:34 UTC 2004

On Dec 27, 2004, at 11:48 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> Heard on today's The People's Court, spoken by Judge Marilyn Millan:
> How, _on God's green acre_, do you explain this?
> For the younger members: back in the day, there was a popular novel and
> a movie with the title, "God's Little Acre,"

or, as larry horn and dennis preston point out, the tv show "Green

>  which the good judge
> appears to have crossed with the common expression, "on God's green
> earth."

...which makes it, not an eggcorn strictly speaking, but an instance of
its cousin the idiom blend -- on which, see recent Language Log pieces
by geoff nunberg, mark liberman, and me:


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