So is this another collection of common errors, ridiculous bloopers or, worse, finger-wagging at the decline of the English tongue? Well, no. While compilations of the first type can be very useful (and I recommend Paul Brians' site Common Errors in English), ridiculing and pontificating, while an entertaining pastime, has long struck me as childish and, indeed, lacking any intrinsic interest.
Here, we take the stance that the errors we collect — and they are lexical errors, no doubt about that — are noteworthy because they are interesting. They tell us something about how ordinary speakers and writers make sense of the language they use. And eggcorns are not like just any amusing erroneous substitution: they are special because they arise when a writer knows an expression well enough to employ it in an appropriate context, but is mistaken about the term's or its constituents' meanings, origins or the under
Some not-so-Honourable Members: Here, here!