[ eg-kawrn ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 19th century; English first used as a misinterpretation of 'acorn'
  • inaccuracy
  • misuse
  • accuracy
a word or phrase that is a seemingly logical alteration of another word or phrase that sounds similar and has been misheard or misinterpreted
A) I used 'old wise tale' which is an eggcorn for 'old wives tale.' B) The editor caught an eggcorn in the article she was proofreading.
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