hackleschmackle; was: Re: FW: blends? eggcorns?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Fri Jan 4 21:59:16 UTC 2008

Hackleschmackled? (See last sentence below).  Does this word really exist?  Origin?
I see only one entry for "hackleschmackle" on Google, as what looks like a humorously invented proper name: "...I saw Roger being carried on stage in an electric suit in 87 when they headlined for Starpoint ("What You Been Missing"), RJ's Latest (a favorite of Mrs. Hackleschmackle)...."
What's going on here?
Gerald Cohen


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of James Harbeck
Sent: Thu 1/3/2008 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: FW: blends? eggcorns?

>         "Dr Nelson sold the Super Hornet option to cabinet's National =
>Security Committee this year without the co-operation of defence chiefs =
>or undertaking the long due diligence and comparative analysis that =
>usually precedes acquisitions of such scale and expense."

Oh, this makes sense. Due diligence and comparative analysis take a
long time. So it's a [long [due diligence] and [comparative
analysis]]. The paragraph James Landau posted should have read
something like "the undertaking of the long due diligence and
comparative analysis process." Evidently it was hackleschmackled by
someone who didn't really understand it.

James Harbeck.

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