eggcorn

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Related to Eggcorns: mondegreen, malapropism, Acorns

egg·corn

 (ĕg′kôrn′)
n.
A series of words that result from the misunderstanding of a word or phrase as some other word or phrase having a plausible explanation, as free reign for free rein, or to the manor born for to the manner born (from William Shakespeare's Hamlet).

[Coined by Geoffrey K. Pullum (born 1945), British-born American linguist (eggcorn being an eggcorn for acorn, taken as egg + corn).]

eggcorn

(ˈɛɡˌkɔːn)
n
a malapropism or misspelling arising from similarity between the sound of the misspelled or misused word and the correct one in the accent of the person making the mistake
[C21: based on the mishearing of acorn as eggcorn, which was considered to be apposite]
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The ants are my friends: misheard lyrics, malapropisms, eggcorns and other linguistic gaffes.
Ching, For All "Intensive" Purposes: A Primer on Malapropisms, Eggcorns, and Other Rogue Elements of the English Language, infra at 66.
Can you put together a list of the eggcorns in this column?
An eggcorn is the substitution of a word or phrase for words that sound similar.
This article will orientate (6) you to several categories of confusing words: malapropisms, eggcorns, and mondegreens.
Like malapropisms, eggcorns involve the substitution of one word for a similar sounding word.
34) In other words, mondegreens are eggcorns in very specific contexts--musical lyrics, poems, and such.
50) Word enthusiasts who wish to slack their thirst for eggcorns can consult sites such as The Eggcorn Database, a virtual "eggcornucopia" with over 600 entries.
Like eggcorns, mondegreens tend to make their own sort of sense--compared to malapropisms, which are simply incorrect.
Jan Freeman, Mondegreens and Eggcorns, BOSTONGLOBE.
67) Posting of Ben Zimmer to The Eggcorn Database, http://eggcorns.
As you have probably noticed by now, the word eggcorn is also an eggcorn--for acorn.