eggcorn?: mamby-pamby (1823)

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Tue Mar 27 17:02:17 UTC 2007

Jim Parish wrote


Clai Rice is puzzled by:
> C. S. Lewis (who signs his letters "Jack"?):

Lewis, as a child, disliked his given name; one day, at I'm not sure what
age, he walked up to his parents and, pointing at himself with his thumb,
announced, "He is Jacksie." He never thereafter answered to any name but


Wouldn't you prefer "Jack" to "Clive"? He was "Jack" to his friends,
including Tolkien and the other Inklings

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