8. Eggcorns & Oronyms

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 13 日 in Logology

An eggcorn refers to a word or phrase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one which sounds very similar. For example, people call Alzheimer’s disease old-timer’s disease. Basically, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, so the substitution is appropriate.

  1. baited [bated] breath

  2. balling [bawling] one’s eyes out

  3. bear-faced [bare-faced] lie

  4. beckon [begging] the question

  5. bread [bed] and breakfast

  6. cyberstocking [cyberstalking]

  7. doggy-dog [dog-eat-dog]

  8. forward [foreword]

  9. fullproof [foolproof]

  10. get one’s dandruff [dander] up

  11. lip-sing [lip-sync]

  12. without further to do [ado]

  13. You can’t have your Kate [cake] and Edith [eat it], too.


An oronym is a string of words or a phrase that sounds the same as another string of words or phrase but is spelled differently, such as ice cream and I scream.

  1. I moustache [must ask] you a question.

  2. She took a nice [an ice] cold shower.

  3. The stuffy nose [stuff he knows] can be disturbing.




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