Comment #1 posted on 2022-06-01 15:11:05 by Stache_AF
The Eggcorn That Gets Me
The one that always gets me when people use it is chomping at the bit, as opposed to what it originally was; champing at the bit. While chomping isn't technically incorrect, it's not as descriptive in my book.
Comment #2 posted on 2022-06-01 21:33:16 by Windigo
I love that the TTS engine pronounced it "ichcorns" to add to the confusion. :)
Comment #3 posted on 2022-06-01 22:05:25 by Dave Morriss
Champing and chomping
I was taught that the expression used 'champing' (where 'champ' rhymes with 'ramp' in British English), and that it was describing a horse grinding its teeth on the bit in its mouth in frustration.
Researching a little I find 'champ' is specific to livestock (mostly horses I think) and describes noisy chewing of fodder.
Comment #4 posted on 2022-06-01 22:50:44 by Dave Morriss
A robot did it and ran away
This shows that the word 'eggcorn' must have originated from some robot with a slightly bent TTS.
The robot in my head says: "By the itching of its corn, the TTS makes me forlorn". I'm glad I didn't share that though...
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