November 17th, 2010: This comic and all the eggcorns in it come from the wonderful Language Log and the eggcorn database. Language Log is one of my favourite sites, and rivals TV Tropes in the ability to suck you in for hours on end.
They made up the word "eggcorn" to describe these sorts of linguistic substitutions (where the new expression can be argued for, but seems to come from trying to deduce how the existing expression is expressed) back in 2004, and only a few weeks ago, the word made the OED with Language Log as a reference. That's basically amazing: congratulations Language Log! I'm still working on getting "chocochop" recognized (a chocolate pork chop with a real pork chop bone!)1.
1 My friend Pat invented them; they're great. To make sure the best gifts ever in time get to you when you want them, here are the HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES. Orders placed before these dates will get to you in time for Christmas! One year ago today: okay, new question: let's say you can live inside any person in history – Ryan
December 5th: All shipping methods except U.S.P.S. First-Class Package International Service™ are safe.
December 6th: International orders made not selecting U.S.P.S. Priority Mail Express International™ shipping will likely arrive in January.
December 11th: USPS FIRST CLASS and STANDARD may not make it in time and neither will USPS EXPRESS MAIL INTERNATIONAL.
December 16th: ALMOST NOTHING IS SAFE. USPS EXPRESS is the only safe USPS option.
December 19th: A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE (IF THINGS PLACED ON OR AFTER THIS DATE ARRIVE BY THE 24TH, THAT IS)
1 My friend Pat invented them; they're great.
One year ago today: okay, new question: let's say you can live inside any person in history