Stop what you’re doing and watch this utterly charming and beguiling video entitled Wordmaking: What it take to succeed in hacking English and invent a new word. It’s a presentation by Erin McKean as part of the TechTalks series at Google.
How is it that I had never come across the term
snowclone before?* I asked Jessica this rhetorical question and the next thing you know, I’m learning all about
eggcorns. Clearly I need to improve my linguistic knowledge.
On a tangentially related note, I’ve discovered kindred spirits out there in blogland, to whit:
Ever notice hand-written signs with letters in all-caps, except for the letter L? It looks like an uppercase i … WHY DO PEOPlE WRITE lIKE THIS?
*Update: Edward O’Connor points me to his wife’s blog, The Snowclone Database.