Archive for Eggcorns

Blocking and tackling

I recently encountered this sentence in a news story: Traditionally, state parties perform the basic blocking and tackling of politics, from get out the vote programs to building data in municipal elections. I assumed that the phrase blocking and tackling was a slightly odd variation on block and tackle, a system of pulleys and ropes. […]

Eggcorn: mild

Just saw a commenter on a political article refer to a mild cardial infarction. Pretty sure that’s an eggcorn for myocardial infarction. Seemed especially apropos because I could easily imagine that the commenter was indeed hoping that the heart attack in question would be a mild one.