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eggcorn

[eg-kawrn]
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  1. 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'.
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Compare mondegreen.See also malapropism.

Origin of eggcorn

with reference to a mishearing or misinterpretation of the word acorn
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