In grade school, no one would have ever guessed I'd grow up to become a linguist-- I was the kid who got Cs in French and couldn't produce a trill to save my life! I went to university majoring in civil engineering-- relieved that there was no language requirement for that major. But I ended up switching to geophysics, thinking that it would be less restrictive than engineering, and that it would allow me to spend more time in the mountains (which turned out to be wishful thinking)...Read more
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In her summary of the geographical distribution, semantic range and origin of ''to tide someone over'', Erica Hofmann Kencke mentioned that some speakers have modified this to . Her interpretation, with which I totally agree, is that it is 'probably a construction by which a speaker ''corrects'' an incomprehensible idiom to a form that seems to make more sense'. I've personally heard a number of similar ''corrections'' over the years, e.g., , , , (I kid you not), etc. Is there a name for this sort of thing (I don't think it would qualify as hypercorrection, do you?), and has any sort of list ever been compiled?