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According to Merriam-Webster, eggcorns are “words or phrases mistakenly used for another word or phrase because it sounds similar and seems logical or plausible”.

The word “eggcorn” is actually an eggcorn; acorns sound like the word eggcorn and are oval-shaped.

These grammatical mistakes have sometimes become part of spoken language, and it’s not always easy to tell which is form is correct.
Below are a few examples of famous eggcorns.

  • Eggcorn: for all intensive purposes. Correct: for all intents and purposes.
  • Eggcorn: it’s a doggy-dog world. Correct: it’s a dog-eat-dog world.
  • Eggcorn: the point is mute. Correct: the point is moot.
  • Eggcorn: she is a social leopard. Correct: she is a social leper.
  • Eggcorn: pass me the cold slaw, please. Correct: pass me the cole slaw, please.
  • Eggcorn: this peaked my interest. Correct: this piqued my interest.

If you want to see more common eggcorns, visit

So, the next time you want to use an English expression, have a think and double-check – it could be an eggcorn!

Published December 2019.