Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 28 14:14:27 UTC 2009

At 12:02 AM -0400 4/28/09, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>Leno's Headlines are a good source of neologisms and just plain
>oddities.  Tonight one headline used "ontray" for "entrée." I googled
>"ontray" and went through the first five of ten  pages of hits (11k)
>and found none that would support eggcorn status.  Most are to a
>plastic tray that snaps on to a grocery cart to hold a child's snack.
We'll know it's achieved eggcorn status when we
start noticing "offtray", as in "Generous
selection of main courses/ontrays, each with your
choice of three tempting offtrays."  Right now
all I can find is "liftoff tray", "snap-off tray"
and the like.


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