The Eggcorn Database: A Far-Gone Conclusion

foregone » far gone
Chiefly in: far-gone conclusion
Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • Therefore, as far as Fox News is concerned, the guilt of these first to be court-martialed is a far-gone conclusion, in order for their ‘fair and balanced’ agenda to be successful. (ThatColoredFellasWeblog, May 19, 2004)
  • Whenever someone starts comparing the President to Hitler, it is a far-gone conclusion that reason has flown out the window. (Romantic Times forum, January 27, 2005)
  • As a resident, and knowing Illinois politics as I do, it has been a far gone conclusion that this is a very safe Kerry Blue State. (Watchblog, comment, June 10, 2004)
  • I am sure now, that if this were on the general ballot in November, the vote would’ve been much closer, and not a far-gone conclusion. (Watchblog, August 04, 2004)
  • What is only inferred in the article is that the study was based upon the assumption that global warming is a far-gone conclusion. (Slings and Arrows, April 08, 2003)
  • Analyzed or reported by:

    * Ken Lakritz (on this site)

    from the Eggcorn Database

    Eggcorns, the contributers say, “tell us something about how ordinary speakers and writers make sense of the language they use.” They “arise when a writer knows an expression well enough to employ it in an appropriate context, but is mistaken about the term’s or its constituents’ meanings, origins or the underlying metaphors.” The Database now includes just under 600 examples.

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    I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

    One Thought on “The Eggcorn Database: A Far-Gone Conclusion

    1. Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

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