Eggcorn meaning

ĕgkôrn
A series of words that result from the misunderstanding of a word or phrase as some other word or phrase having a plausible explanation, as free reign for free rein, or to the manor born for to the manner born (from William Shakespeare's Hamlet ).
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Origin of eggcorn

  • Coined by Geoffrey K. Pullum (born 1945), British-born American linguist (eggcorn) (being an eggcorn for acorn) (taken as egg) (corn)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition