eggcorn

eggcorn

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


Origin:
with reference to a mishearing or misinterpretation of the word acorn

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