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eggcorn

[ eg-kawrn ]
/ ˈɛgˌkɔrn /
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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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Which Word of the Day means “happening within or being the created world of a story”?
Compare mondegreen. See also malapropism.

Origin of eggcorn

With reference to a mishearing or misinterpretation of the word acorn
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