What an Eggcorn is


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The type of spelling error based on a mishearing of a word or misunderstanding of its context, such as with “just deserts”, which is often misspelled as “just desserts”, is called an eggcorn.

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  • Melaina

    Isn’t this backwards? Just desserts is what I always thought it was supposed to be, as dessert spelled as so is the food item. I’ve never heard it said “just deserts” like the sandy place.

    • @Melaina: That’s a common misconception. It comes about because of a now little known word “deserts” that doesn’t mean at all a “sandy place”. You can read more about it here: Just Deserts, Not Just Desserts