June 23, 2004

Next store neighbor

Welcoming Cass Sunstein to the Volokh Conspiracy, Randy Barnett writes

Cass Sunstein was in the office next store in his very first year of teaching and we spent quality time together that year. Now Cass is a "Visiting Fellow" of the Volokh Conspiracy. Welcome to the office next door, Cass!

"Next store", after a bit of consonant cluster simplification, is phonetically similar if not identical to "next door", and "next door" is a semantically non-compositional idiom, and "store" is roughly as close to the meaning of dwelling as "door" is, so "next store" is a likely eggcorn candidate.

And Google doesn't disappoint us:

(link) When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-store neighbor made after he left that first morning.
(link) He needed photos of our next store neighbor's garbage cans.
(link) It's one of those "urban nightmare stories" in which your newly befriended next store neighbor turns out to be a cold blooded mass bomber, and a mastermind who never loses.
(link) The best thing I can say about 'The Girl Next Store' is that it had all the requisite components for a Stupid Teen Movie:
(link) John Brooke is a tutor to the boy next store. The boy next store 's name is Laury.
(link) Hiding already in the alcove was a young man who lived next store to the March's with his grandfather.
(link) US 1880 Census show that Adam & Mary lived next store to Mary's parents.
(link) I think of the elderly couple who lived next store to me, so in love and wondering what was happening to them physically.

This is a new one to me, but not to Paul Brians. No doubt Prof. Barnett used the phrase as a joke :-).

[Eggcorn alert in email from Linda Seebach].

Posted by Mark Liberman at June 23, 2004 09:21 PM