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Monday, June 15, 2009

Misused Words Make Mary

"I look forward to your incite on this," a client riotously wrote about manuscript changes. Does the erroneous word fit into one of the categories below? Perhaps an eggserroneous (anyone else a fan of the "Ernest..." movies)?

mondegreens not to be confused with collard greens See Lady Mondegreen.

malapropisms legacy of the lovely Mrs. Malaprop

spoonerisms -- named for Reverend Spooner, who would frequently transpose words or parts of words from one part of a sentence to another - with humerous [sic] results. A well known example, is the Reverend, after pronouncing a couple 'man and wife', saying "It is kisstomary to cuss the bride." (source not cited because of the embedded error)

eggcorns my favorite on toast points with Bearnaise sauce

Can anyone pinpoint the two type(s) of word choice errors in this post and any typos I may have inadvertently included? How about concocting a sentence using all four types of lip slips?

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Blogger Lori said...

It may be all of the above, for these things just dumbfound me.

I was stymied nearly permanently yesterday. An old high school classmate wrote "Is your kids in colloge yet?" Uh....I'm not sure. I don't know what a colloge is. I don't know that my kids are conjoined, either.

See? Dumbfounded.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Georganna Hancock M.S. said...

Thanks for commenting, Lori. What's tough is knowing whether to ignore, reply, correct, or what.

My immediate problem is receiving pleas to review a book, written by the nearly illiterate. If they can't compose an accurate email message, why on earth would I want to read a whole book written by the same person?

And I'm getting too many such emails to take time to respond to them, between the blog and Twitter...thanks to you, Lori! (She led me into deep Twit)

8:22 AM  

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