write-off > right-off

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Jan 29 03:33:22 UTC 2009

As long as we're talking about eggcorns here, I'll toss in one I
don't remember seeing before yesterday, when I spotted it in an
article in the London Telegraph,

"When Mr Carter's car was declared a right-off he expected the
injured driver's insurance company to pay out."

Evidently this one is already quite common, as "was a right-off" gets
about 11,600 Google hits, and at least the first page is all
instances of this usage.

James Harbeck.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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