Saturday, November 28, 2009


Have you ever heard of an eggcorn? Me either, but I found a great site dedicated to them - and I spent a number of minutes yesterday browsing it.

Here's the site description. Check it out. It's great!

"This site is devoted to collecting the kind of unusual English spellings that have come to be called eggcorns. Eggcorn, the word, is a coinage that goes back to the excellent Language Log. The About page retraces the history of the term and offers more information on how this site came to be.

The Eggcorn Database went public on February 15, 2005. It is a collaborative site in the sense that several contributors have access to it. In addition to me, the most active are the long-standing Language Log contributors Arnold Zwicky and Ben Zimmer. The Eggcorn Database has a
forum now, with its own space for your contributions and submissions. Feel free to register and join in."

Chris Waigl, 2006-06-20


Rimpy said...

Have I ever heard of eggcorns? Why, yes I have:( for asking.

Laura said...

When I was the editor for Yahoo! Picks, we featured this write-up for the Egghorn Database nearly 5 years ago!