Eggcorn: tract vs. track

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Tue May 2 15:46:25 UTC 2006

At 10:01 AM 5/2/2006, you wrote:
>>I've got a potential eggcorn, though it's probably already been noted
>>somewhere: I just got final projects in from the students in my graduate
>>class, and one of them consistently writes about "tracts" within the
>>English major in her introduction.
>>We have "tracks" in our English major here--creative writing, tech
>>writing, literature, rhet/comp--but "tracts" makes sense, if one thinks
>>of the definition of something relatively small and separate from other
>>tracts in the area. (I'll try to find out if that's actually what she
>>was thinking when she wrote it if i see her around.)
>"tenure tract" and "tract lighting" are not unknown either, and I've
>encountered shifts in the opposite direction too:  "digestive track"
>and the like are quite common.
>The American Dialect Society -

"Tenure tract" has even been used by members of my department, alas.  (I've
always been the unofficial proofreader for our documents, but what will
happen now that I've retired?!?)

The American Dialect Society -

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