The Atlantic on "eggcorns"--in dance writing
Posted 17 August 2006 - 05:52 AM
Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:43 AM
I know a couple of small ensembles who have actually used this (Nutcracker Sweets) as a title.
Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:44 AM
So did I, but I guess it's about the manners at the manor.
Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:57 AM
This isn't really an example of an eggcorn, if I understand that term, but it is a favorite example of misunderstanding a dance term. From an interview I did with Clare Lauche Porter on her career teaching ballet in Fresno, she said that the local newspaper 'corrected' one of her early audition notices, and reminded people that they should bring "pointed shoes" with them to the studio.
Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:04 PM
For ballet people, I'm sure the proper phrase is: "The gigue is up." And for sailors: "The jib is up." (Or, possibly, the "jibe.")
Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:55 PM
Posted 18 August 2006 - 09:58 PM
It's not fair when you make me choke on my tea!
Posted 19 August 2006 - 01:17 PM
and how many tell you your order comes 'au garni'
or recited: 'today's soup de jour'
or being asked if your roast beef w/ 'aye juice' - presumably au jus...
Posted 19 August 2006 - 03:51 PM
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Posted 25 August 2006 - 04:29 AM
About impact as a verb: I don't like it, but gave up on it when Robert Penn Warren used it that way in one of his best-known poems. If I recall correctly, it was first published in the New Yorker, no less!
And "waiting on": When I moved to New York many years ago, this drove me crazy. It sounded so odd to me. At some point, though, I realized I had begun to say it myself, and now it sounds perfectly normal. It's really no different than the difference between living ON a street and living IN a street. (In New York, if you live in a street, you're homeless.)
Posted 25 August 2006 - 05:58 AM
One thing a friend says is 'land up' for 'end up.' That can't be correct, can it? I'd never dare ask her.
Posted 25 August 2006 - 08:09 AM
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