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17 September 2007 @ 18:00
A non-eggcorn  

One might be forgiven if, upon reading the following sentence out of context, one's first thought were to submit it to Chris Waigl's Eggcorn Database:

She did have a lot of puck marks on her face.

"Puck mark" looks very much like an eggcorn for pock-mark, which is, in the OED's definition, "a scar, mark, or 'pit' left by a pustule, esp. of smallpox," or, by extension, any similar small depression. But it's not an eggcorn, because the face in question belongs to a thirty-five-square-metre portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that once hung over the arena where the Winnipeg Jets used to play hockey. Her Majesty evidently stopped quite a few shots in her day, but, remarkably enough, she still seems to have all her teeth.

 
 
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(Anonym) on 18. September, 2007 00:41 (UTC)
So could it be that when a phrase is mistakenly labeled an eggcorn we're supposed to call it an acorn?
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 18. September, 2007 19:23 (UTC)

Or possibly an akern.

Merlemerle_ on 18. September, 2007 19:13 (UTC)
Perhaps the teeth are simply very well aimed and hard hit pucks?

Ones that were painted white, of course. I assume official hockey pucks are always black.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 18. September, 2007 19:24 (UTC)

Interesting theory. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone gaining teeth by being hit in the face with a hockey puck before.

Vizcacha: Cheesy grinchillyrodent on 18. September, 2007 19:45 (UTC)
Wow, that takes the stereotype of bad British dentistry to a whole new level.
Prof. Bleen: grammar6_bleen_7 on 19. September, 2007 03:29 (UTC)
Hmmm...if eggcorns, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder, then if the reader interprets puck marks as an eggcorn, then for all intensive [sic] purposes, it is an eggcorn, whether or not it was written as such. I certainly read it the first time as such, but then again, I may not have done if it were in context.
(Anonym) on 10. August, 2008 13:47 (UTC)
I've also seen "pox-marked" which may be an eggcorn itself,
although a convincing one.