Wrongful Language: eggcorns

Language is democratic and constantly evolving – so err today, fun tomorrow, and good practice the next day. Here is the first in a series on the way language is regularly abused (too often by me) and may be ultimately changed:

eggcorns – named after the mistake in ‘from little eggcorns, great oak trees grow’, this is where the spoken word is misheard or spelt and then repeated. Here are some I’ve got wrong in the past:

  • for all intensive purposes instead of for all intents and purposes
  • hone in instead of home in
  • just desserts instead of just deserts
  • on tenderhooks instead of on tenterhooks
  • pot marks instead of pockmarks
  • tow the line instead of toe the line
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