Word of the Week: a bookish meme hosted here on Mondays in which we share a word that we find entertaining, enlightening, edifying, or just plain fun to say! Share your own word on your blog, then help me grow the meme and come share it here on mine!
The last Word of the Week entry was a Scottish word that I’d never heard. That makes some sense, as I don’t live in Scotland. This week’s entry, though, is an English word that I have never heard, or even read, in all my years. Without further ado…
Basically, it’s changing a word or phrase into something else because you misheard it. If you’ve talked about a “card shark” instead of a “card sharp,” for instance, or if you have “another thing coming” instead of “another think coming,” you’ve used an eggcorn! Eggcorns probably drive language purists crazy (and I’ll own up to sometimes falling in that category), but they can be a lot of fun.
Can you think of any eggcorns? Leave them in a comment!
Now, go find your own word of the week, share it on your own blog, and come link it up here!