It would be particularly satisfying if The Eggcorn Database became, little by little, a collaborative tool.

There are several ways for you to help improve or support it, to contribute your knowledge, insight, discoveries or resources:

  • Drop off your eggcorns in the Eggcorn Forum. You have captured an eggcorn in the wild? Excellent! Mind you, check that it is the right species of animal. Ask yourself whether the non-standard spelling that caught your attention indicates a reinterpretation of the meaning of (part of) the original expression. If so, in the database it goes. But if you are unsure, the forum is the right place to discuss whether your find is an eggcorn or not. The posts referenced on the About page might also be helpful.
  • Commentaries on individual entries are, of course, welcome. Unlike the forum, however, the comment area is not a discussion space: It is a place to add data to an existing entry. If you wish to post whimsical observations or questions, or something that is not closely related to a particular entry, please do so in the Eggcorn Forum.
  • If you are committed to the eggcorn quest and have a taste for adventure, you can register and post draft entries of your own. These will be found and edited by the more experienced contributors. Eventually your submission will appear under your name. Once you have shown that you produce high-quality entries, we will give you full poster status.

    Posting directly into the database is not quite as simple as leaving a comment or participating on the forum. The posting back-end is not particularly user-friendly and still needs a lot of work. I consider this project as work in progress (thus the “alpha” version label on the main page), and will add features and improvements as I figure out the needs and get more familiar with coding in PHP. If you wish to familiarize yourself with the process, you can read the Posting HOWTO.

  • If you appreciate this site and the effort that has gone into creating and maintaining it, a supportive e-mail to is always welcome. Or, in case you can spare a dollar (pound, euro) or two towards hosting fees and bandwidth, I will gratefully accept a donation. The Eggcorn Database is a purely personal endeavor and is not supported by any institution or commercial entity whatsoever.

Happy eggcorn-hunting,

Chris Waigl

**NEW, 2005/10/25!** Changes are afoot at the Eggcorn Database. There is now a forum, with its own space for your contributions and submissions.

While I upgrade the software and work out some problems with the server, I have disabled commenting on the static pages, i.e. those that aren’t part of the eggcorn collection. The existing comments will reappear as soon as I have worked out a persistent bug with the comment display. This page has over 700 comments — some part of the code is choking on them at the moment.

Furthermore, I have disabled direct posting access to the Eggcorn Database for newly registered users. Several of us — Arnold Zwicky, Ben Zimmer, and several occasional contributors in addition to myself — have converged to what could be called a minimum standard of quality for entries. Our own early posts haven’t always conformed to it, and I have edited and improved quite a number of them. More importantly, we seem to agree reasonably well on what exactly an eggcorn is, and what kind of common word substitutions and lexical errors aren’t really of the type we are looking for. The new forum should make it easier to further refine the definition and to bring new posters up to speed.

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746 Commentaries on “Contribute!”

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  1. 380

    Commentary by Lisa Kool , 2005/05/05 at 8:44 am

    I once dropped off a babysitter who gave directions to her house “on the far end of the quarter-sack.” I eventually translated that to “cul-de-sac.”

    I suppose a rounded dead-end street is the same approximate shape as a sack of quarters…

  2. 379

    Commentary by Kathleen Bennett , 2005/05/04 at 10:58 pm

    “State of the Ark”

    as found on…
    “They recently bought a new state of the ark system with the works…”

  3. 378

    Commentary by Chris , 2005/05/01 at 11:19 pm

    Mayday or M’aidez for M’aider. International distress call is French for “(come) help me” or “(venez) m’aider”. This eggcorn is so common I was in my thirties before I even saw a French spelling.

  4. 377

    Commentary by Ken Lakritz , 2005/04/29 at 4:00 am

    ‘coronary infraction’ for ‘coronary infarction.’ Examples-

    … and the body becomes more susceptible to apoplexy and coronary infraction. HERS%20Medical-YS-796%20YS-818%20INSTRUCTION%20MANUAL.htm

    In medicine NMR spectroscopy is used to evaluate the extent of damage to heart muscles of patients who have suffered severe coronary infraction. vigyan%20Shabd%20Mala/Barc/nmr.htm

    … cause of death: massive coronary infraction.…

    While that “Type A” syndrome doubtless has abetted my career, it also cost me a coronary infraction later in life.…

  5. 376

    Commentary by Patrick Wynne , 2005/04/29 at 12:07 am

    I just ran across this one:
    pan > pants

    As in, “a flash in the pants”.

  6. 375

    Commentary by Ken Lakritz , 2005/04/28 at 7:24 pm

    ‘hustlings’ for ‘hustings.’ Politics is associated with hustling in both senses- speed and disreputable enterprise. Examples-

    … They are to rush to the polling-booth, and mount the hustlings, defiant of
    brickbats and careless of eggs and cabbages.…

    Not only that, he has ordered his US attorneys to hit the hustlings and defend the PATRIOT Act too.…

    Meanwhile. most artists will have to hustle for pittances, while those who
    usually are not artists are out there on the hustlings securing public funds ……

    Watson returned to the political hustlings in 1904, nominated by the Populist Party Convention as its Presidential nomination.…

    Kerry has dispatched Gore to the Florida hustlings.…

    Common to a number of countries in Europe are party rallies, public meetings,
    and hustlings both at national and local level…

  7. 374

    Commentary by Ken Lakritz , 2005/04/28 at 2:44 am

    ‘eggnod’ for ‘eggnog.’ Something to do with nodding out from the alcohol? 135 google hits-

    “Christmastime reminds me of family and friends sitting in the living room sipping eggnod and singing …… tg/detail/-/B0001594CE?v=glance

    I too am happy that gingerbread lattes and eggnod lattes are back.…

    When they couldn’t guess the exact/correct name, they could try singing the carol - encouragement from the eggnod (for the adults) and plain silliness…

  8. 373

    Commentary by John Lawler , 2005/04/28 at 12:07 am

    I just ran across short sided in a student paper, when what was obviously meant was short-sighted. I checked Google and, after eliminating references to soccer and gumboots, I came across several hundred uses of short sided in this sense. It’s an obvious confusion, since /t/ and /d/ both collapse to a tap in this environment, and the only possible phonetic distinction is the (questionable) vowel length of /ay/. It’s clearly a different metaphor (polygons with short sides? containers?) than short-sighted, which is a normal human sensory theme. Anyway, it was a revelation to me.

  9. 372

    Commentary by James Callan , 2005/04/27 at 10:10 pm

    “grizzly” for “grisly”: In a grizzly scene, Cornwall gouges Gloucester’s eyes out and Regan sends him outside the castle to wander until he dies. Cornwall, assisted by Regan, exits bleeding profusely.

    “grisly bear” is also fairly common.

  10. 371

    Commentary by Nigel Pond , 2005/04/27 at 6:39 pm

    This one really annoys me:

    The very old proverb the proof of the pudding is in the eating becoming the proof is in the pudding.


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