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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).]


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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Neologisms specific to this putative discipline have sprouted, such as eggcorn, holorime, mondegreen, oronym, and soramimi.
An eggcorn is the substitution of a word or phrase for words that sound similar.
Can you put together a list of the eggcorns in this column?
Bottling is only a near-homophone for boggling; the feature that distinguishes this eggcorn from a malapropism is that mind-bottling makes its own sense, as explained by Chazz.
As you have probably noticed by now, the word eggcorn is also an eggcorn--for acorn.
Since its coinage in 2003, the term eggcorn has spread like wildflower throughout the language geek community.
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.
On a whim and a prayer is an eggcorn for on a wing and a prayer.
Take a new tact is an eggcorn for take a new tack, derived from sailing terminology.
Flesh out (put flesh onto, beef up) is an eggcorn for flush out (drive something into the open).
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.