sore grapes (UNCLASSIFIED)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Sep 24 18:42:52 UTC 2007

On 9/24/07, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> At 11:38 AM -0500 9/24/07, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC wrote:
> >
> >Over the weekend my wife and were discussing something, and didn't
> >agree.  She said "Don't get all sore grapes about it."  She immediately
> >recognized that she had misspoke, so I'm not sure this is a classical
> >eggcorn.  But "sore grapes" is easily found by Google, and many of the
> >references seem to be intentional.
> Lots of "sour loser"s too.  There even a (self-conscious, to be sure)
> "sour loser soregraping".

So, perhaps more of an idiom blend then a classical eggcorn?

--Ben Zimmer

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