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Mighty oaks from little eggcorns grow

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jemglasgow · 15/11/2008 16:52

There are some wonderful eggcorns here, and I'm keen to collect more. An eggcorn is when someone distorts a word or phrase they don't understand to make if fit somethign they do understand. There are some corkers here. Two of my favourites are "lion rampart" for the Scottish lion, and "god offal weather."

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captainmummy · 16/11/2008 13:07

'Fine tooth-comb. '

It's a fine-toothed comb you idiots!!!!!!!There's no such thing as a toothcomb.


amicissima · 16/11/2008 17:42

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captainmummy · 16/11/2008 18:38

Amicissima - it's damp squiB I think. A squib is like a small firework, so a damp squib would not go off correctly, if at all.

TheWheelsOnTheBusHaveFallenOff · 16/11/2008 18:40

"a mute point" ... should be a moot point, no?

MostlyReindeer · 16/11/2008 18:50

Nooo, fine tooth comb. The teeth are fine. Like a nit comb.

MostlyReindeer · 16/11/2008 18:52

Ah thought you were saying the whole phrase was wrong As you were

prettybutterfly · 21/11/2008 20:34

I read 'I wouldn't give him the light of day' not long ago, and it depressed me.

Some of the rent-a-herders also say things like 'my two-pennethworth', and that REALLY depresses me.

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