Mighty Red Pen

January 15, 2013

Up on a peddle stool

Filed under: Overseen,Pop culture,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 7:47 pm
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In this little eggcorn, an unsuspecting YouTube commenter uses peddle stool when pedestal was the word they were seeking.

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Peddle stool (or pedal stool) seems to be a somewhat common rendering of pedestal (as documented, for example, by the Eggcorn Database and Brians’ Common Errors in English Usage) but what people understand a peddle stool (or pedal stool) to even be is kind of beyond me. Anyone got any ideas?

A quick perusal of the InterWebs leads to all kinds of eggcorn-related amusement, though. This guy sings a whole song about being put up on a peddle stool. Over at Language Log, there’s an entire essay composed of eggcorns. And tv show “The IT Crowd” got some mileage out of the joke.

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3 Comments »

  1. A stool made from old bicycle peddles? Not sure I’d want to sit on it…

    Comment by Erin Brenner (@ebrenner) — January 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • That’s “pedals”. And “pedal” comes from the same root as “pedestal”, Latin “pēd-” meaning (and cognate to) “foot”.

      Eggcorners aren’t likely to know all that, but pedaling is done with the feet (and peddlers are often seen walking and hawking their wares), so “a stool that you stand on” is eggcornily reasonable for a pedestal.

      I’ve also heard “pedestool”, unless that was just the dark /l/ getting lost before the /st/.

      Comment by thnidu — January 12, 2014 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  2. It’s things such as this that make me both giggle profusely and shake my head out of embarrassment for others.

    Comment by The Voyager — May 27, 2013 @ 4:47 pm | Reply


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