3 Replies to “Confusables”

  1. This phenomenon writ large (substituting one word for another in a stock phrase a way that makes sense if you squint) has been named “eggcorns”.

    There’s a bunch at http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/

    pustule » pus jewel
    lip-sync(h) » lip-sing
    diuretic » diarrhetic (close but no cigar)
    flawless » floorless

  2. Very funny. Thanks Mary!

    This is a bit different because it seems like an honest mistake — or perhaps a spell-checker assisted one. :)

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