September 08, 2004


I can't tell if this is a joke, or a meta-eggcorn. It's not a simple slip of the fingers, as it occurs twice:

Speaking of the Internet (good segue subject for a blog, huh?), I discovered another egghorn - keyholed for keel-hauled. Unf'ly I can't find it now (yes, "unf'ly" is used in tribute to someone - who read it out as "unf-ly" and then "un-fly". At no point did they seem to twig that it was in any way connected to "unfortunately").

Following the egghorn trail, and I'd just like to plug Pom du Cap - an English guy living somewhere [with authentic vegetation] near Cape Town.

Other examples of egghorn on the internet are mostly references to the mountain, although there is also a charming ghost story. The cited weblog entry (from Anyway at Anyhoo) includes an interesting recipe for "panhagglety" (with 14 alternative spellings).

Posted by Mark Liberman at September 8, 2004 06:24 AM