ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 10 15:49:40 UTC 2013

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> Now that we have two, mirror-image examples (this
> plus my earlier "imminent domain"), should the
> pair of the Subject line go into the eggcorn database?

Arnold Zwicky mentioned eminent/imminent on Language Log in 2004.


The Eggcorn Forum had a posts on the topic in 2007. One message
mentioned 'imminent domain' for 'eminent domain'. A rationale was
offered for calling this an eggcorn instead of a spelling error:

[Begin excerpt]
The “imminent” threat of government’s right to take one’s land….makes
this an eggcorn?
[End excerpt]

Joel made a similar suggestion in his May 28. 2013 message.


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