eggcorn

[ eg-kawrn ]
/ ˈɛgˌkɔrn /

a word or phrase that is a seemingly logical alteration of another word or phrase that sounds similar and has been misheard or misinterpreted, as 'old wise tale' for 'old wives' tale'.

Nearby words

  1. egg-beater,
  2. egg-binding,
  3. egg-bound,
  4. egg-shaped,
  5. eggbeater,
  6. eggcrate,
  7. eggcup,
  8. eggdrop soup,
  9. egger,
  10. egghead

Compare mondegreen. See also malapropism.

Origin of eggcorn

with reference to a mishearing or misinterpretation of the word acorn

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