to "lip-sync"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jan 23 19:07:51 UTC 2013

On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:55 PM, Charles C Doyle wrote:
> During a conversation with a colleague about recent Inauguration events, I realized,
> with astonishment, that I had just uttered the preterit of "lip-sync" as "lip-sank" (or
> should it be spelled "lip-sanc" or "lip-sanch"?).
> Google gives a few thousand hits for "lip-sanc," a lesser number for "lip-sank" and
> "lip-sanch (with or without the hyphen, one word or two).

We had some discussion in 2005 of the eggcorny forms "lip-sang"/"lip-sung":

...which Arnold incorporated into the ECDB entry for "lip-sing":


Ben Zimmer

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