A sanitized eggcorn

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Sep 3 04:07:28 UTC 2009

At 11:46 PM -0400 9/2/09, Alice Faber wrote:
>A twitter posting by Tyler Keppner, New York Times beat reporter
>covering the Yankees:
>"Girardi on Mo's groin: "We'll give it a few days off and try to nip it
>in the rear end." Yes, he said that."
>I'm seeing this as "nip it in the bud" being eggcornized as "nip it in
>the butt" and then sanitized to "nip it in the rear end".
Yes, I'm sure Rivera's groin will be much happier to be nipped in its
rear end than in its butt.  This is a beautiful example on so many


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