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. […]
Archive for Eggcorns
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.
I recently came across the phrase somehow or rather. I initially assumed that it was a typo for somehow or other, but I got curious and did a web search and found that lots of people have used the phrase online. I assume that it’s an eggcorn, but if so, it seems to be a […]