Quality eggcorns from readers keep coming in. One sends the above screenshot:
A strangely intriguing but short-lived Internet meme/mystery meets up with an eggcorn of “TV day-view”, as opposed to “TV debut”, by one of the solvers of the mystery. It’s also strange how someone’s random reaction on TV can become the focus of millions of investigators. I have to admit, I watched the Vine video over and over and I don’t exactly know why …
Several more eggcorns below:
As young child I was out to dinner with my family at a fairly nice restaurant. I was very excited to order all by myself. When the server came to ask about my order I was very clear, and then she had to go and ask a question. “Would you like soup or salad with that?” I heard “Super Salad” and oh boy did that sound well super. Needles to say my family got a good laugh as I proudly proclaimed, “I will have the super salad!”
When I was taking drivers ed in the early 2000s, nearly all of my classmates thought the term “right of way” was “right away” – as in, “Pedestrians always have the right away,” because they get to go “right away” and the cars have to wait. So if you’re the first person at a four-way stop, you have the “right away” to go first. I remember the instructor getting agitated, “no, no, no it’s right OF way.” Many students still didn’t understand the difference when both meant that the person with the right of way gets to go right away.
I am a Christian minister who was was invited to speak at a community interdenominational worship service. Our small-town newspaper, always hungry for anything to fill its pages, sent a reporter who wrote a lengthy article about the service, including a surprisingly good summary of my sermon. He did slip in an eggcorn, though, when he transcribed my phrase “the pole star of faith” as the pulsar of faith. Because both are metaphors, one is almost as good as the other, I suppose.
Recently we brought on a new staff member to our IT department. She had no IT background but was a go-getter and adept at using our EHR system and making corrections. (I will take a known entity over a “good interviewer” any day). On one of her first days, she was answering our help desk phone. She wrapped up a call by saying that a tech would be right over to twerk her computer.
I know I have tweaked a computer, but I’m still working on the twerking.