Etymologie, Etimología, Étymologie, Etimologia, Etymology
US Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Estados Unidos de América, États-Unis d'Amérique, Stati Uniti d'America, United States of America
Falsche Freunde, Falsos amigos, Faux Amis, False amiche, False Friend
Obwohl die Bezeichnung auf 'Amerika' schliessen lässt, wurde die Trophäe von der englischen Königin Viktoria in auftrag gegeben und von dem englischen Juwelier R&G Garrard in London gefertigt. Den Namen erhielt sie allerdings nach der Yacht ersten Manschaft, die das Segelrennen rund um die Insel Isle of Wight 1851 gewann. Es war die Yacht "America" des New Yorkers Yacht Club.
Louis Vuitton Cup (W3)
Mit der Zeit wuchs die Zahl der Anmeldungen trotz der hohen Startgebühr. Mitte der 80er Jahre führte Louis Vuitton deshalb ein System von Ausscheidungsrennen ein, die vor dem eigentlichen America's Cup ausgetragen werden. Diese wurden entsprechend auch "Louis Vuitton Cup" genannt.
Some Common Misspellings
bull, bullshit (W3)
Anscheinend hat das erst Anfang des 20. Jh. aufgekommene engl. "bullshit" = "Scheißdreck", nichts mit dem "Bullen" zu tun, sondern geht auf altfrz. "boul" zurück, das mit Icel. "bull" = "nonsense" zusammenhängt. Es gibt auch ein Verb "bull" = "täuschen", "narren", "beschwindeln", "betrüge", das seit 1532 bekannt ist.
JR 02.14.05 at 6:36 pm
Unfortunately, Frankfurt’s amusing essay seems to contain a bit of "bullshit" of its own. Frankfurt pontificates that the word "bull" is a sanitized version of "bullsit" and quotes extensively about "bull" from older British sources such as the OED. Undoubtedly modern Americans believe that "bull" is short for "bullshit", but this is a folk etymology that shouldn’t be read back into historical sources.
"Bull" meaning "nonsense" or "misinformation" is hundreds of years old, while "bullshit" is perhaps 90 years old and became popular only during WWII.
The etymology of "bull" has nothing to do with cattle and appears to be from Latin "boiling", "bubbling" - so the original meaning would have been something like "froth". (Think of "ebullient", from the same root. Teddy Roosevelt’s "bully", meaning "terrific" or "brilliant", is related.) The "nonsense" meaning may have been influenced by- or may itself have influenced- the expression "cock-and-bull story", meaning a tall tale. (The origin of that phrase is likely from an Aesop’s fable-type of story.) "To bull" as a verb came to mean "to push up the price of a stock", and is related to the phrase "bull market". (Here "bull" nonsense and "bull" an aggressive herd animal intersect.) The idea of spreading overly optimistic information about a stock could have influenced the more general meaning of "bull" as intentional misinformation.
Lastly, I’ve found a couple of intriguing but inconclusive websites that state that "bull" in modern Icelandic means "nonsense" - this would point to a Germanic root. Anyone out there speak Icelandic? "Bullshit" may have started out as an intensifier of "bull", or it may have been independent. Paul Fussell in his book "Wartime" writes of what he and his fellow soldiers called "chickenshit" - demeaning and pointless army procedures. Frankfurt quotes British soldiers who called this sort of thing "bull" - so perhaps Americans conflated the two. Or perhaps not. In any event "bull" in 19th and early 20th century English sources is not a sanitized version of "bullshit" and Frankfurt is in error when he tries to draw conclusions about "bullshit" from these sources.
Web Economy Bullshit Generator
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (USA 2003)
Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much "bullshit". Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize "bullshit" and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
"Bull", meaning nonsense, dates from the 17th century, while the term "bullshit" has been used as early as 1915 in American slang, and came into popular usage only during World War II. The word "bull" itself may have derived from the Old French boul meaning "fraud, deceit" (Oxford English Dictionary). The term "horseshit" is a near synonym.
The earliest attestation mentioned by the Concise Oxford English Dictionary is in fact T. S. Eliot, who between 1910 and 1916 wrote an early poem to which he gave the title "The Triumph of Bullshit", written in the form of a ballade. The first stanza goes:
Bullshit-Detector | Bullshitfrage | Bullshitting
Desktop, Laptop (W2)
Stand-PCs werden ünlicherweise "Desktop" genannt und tragbare PCs "Laptop". Beide Begriffe sind eigentlich irreführend.
Zum Einen bedeutet engl. "Desktop" genaugenommen "(Schreib-)Tischplatte". Der "Desktop" müsste also "Desktop-PC" oder "desktop computer" heissen, was wohl ursprünglich auch der Fall war. Der "Desktop" ist also eher der Schnellsprach zuzuschreiben.
Aber der "Desktop Computer" ist auch insofern irreführend, als er schon seit einigen jahren nicht mehr "auf" sondern "unter" dem Schreibtisch, (genauer:) unter der Schreibtischplatte zu finden ist.
Zum Anderen bedeutet "Laptop" genaugenommen "auf dem Schoß". Der "Laptop" heisst dementsprechend genau genommen auch "laptop computer", also der "Computer zum auf den Schoß stellen". Aber habe Sie schon einmal einen Laptop auf dem Schoß gesehen? - Ja es gibt sie wirklich, aber arbeiten kann man so nicht. Und mit externer Maus, externen Laufwerken und Druckern ist man auf jeden fall auf einen Tisch angewiesen. Und diese Laptops stehen nun tatsächlich "auf" dem Tisch.
Um die Sprache den aktuellen Gegebenheiten anzupassen, müsste man also die "desktop computer" in "under desktop computer" oder "deskunder computer" heißen, oder wie wäre es mit "subdesk computer".
Ja und dann wäre der Begriff "desktop computer" ja wieder frei für den "laptop computer".
But, just as the "laptop" is nipping at the heels of the "desktop computer", another smaller, more mobile computing product is nipping at the heels of the laptop. It's the "hand-held digital device", including top-of-the-line "cellphones" and "portable media players", notably Apple's "iPods".
Diese Kombinationen fand ich in einem Beitrag zur Mailingliste der ADS (American Dialect Society).
Damit wurde die etymologische Rückführung auf ungesicherte (also sozusagen mythologische) Quellen bezeichnet.
false friends (W3)
am 16.07.2003 war jedoch noch kein Eintrag im Wikipedia vorhanden.
Museum of Hoaxes
Irrtümer der Geschichte
Hier sind die Irrtümer der Geschichte versammelt.
Sicherlich geht es hier nicht um Wortgeschichten sondern um die falschen Geschichten der Geschichte. Aber viele Geschichten bieten auch interessante Hinweise zu damit zusammenhängenden Bezeichnungen.
Um mit dem Begriff "Hoax" zu beginnen: dieser soll eine Zusammenziehung von "hocus pocus" sein.
Oder der "hoaxpert", eine Zusammenziehung von "hoax expert".
A hoax is a deceptive act or scheme that plays upon the credulity of others. Great hoaxes, like the moon hoax of 1835 and the Cardiff Giant, manage to create a sense of mystery and astonishment. They force people to question their assumptions, to wonder what is real and what is not. Not so great hoaxes usually manage to be, at the very least, amusing. The worst kind of hoaxes can actually cause serious damage to people's lives and finances.
In terms of deciding what to include in this site, I have relied upon a narrower, 1808 definition, taken from the Oxford English Dictionary, that describes hoaxing as "Contriving wonderful stories for the publick." The phrase 'for the publick' is the key part of this definition. Hoaxes, unlike mere practical jokes, are deceptive acts that are played out before a public audience. The larger the audience, the better.
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In der "Main Gallery: Before 1700" findet man z.B.:
BEFORE 1700: FEMALE POPES AND VEGETABLE LAMBS | Forgeries of the Medieval Church | Donation of Constantine | History of Crowland | Pope Joan | Medieval Travel Lies | Prester John | Marco Polo | Sir John Mandeville | Hi-Brazil | The Medieval Relic Trade | The Shroud of Turin | Waiting for the Apocalypse | Mother Shipton | Medieval Pranks and Tricks | The Ghostly Drummer of Tedworth | Renaissance Forgeries | Early Modern Museums of Hoaxes | The Cerne Abbas Giant
1700-1799: RABBIT BABIES AND LYING STONES | The Native of Formosa | The Hoaxes of Jonathan Swift | Mary Toft and the Rabbit Babies | The Hoaxes of Benjamin Franklin | Silence Dogood | The Witch Trial at Mount Holly | The Death of Titan Leeds | Poor Richard's Enigmatical Prophecies | The Polly Baker Case | A Supplement to the Boston Independent Chronicle | Eighteenth-Century Literary Hoaxes | James Macpherson and the Ossianic Controversy | Thomas Chatterton and the Rowley Poems | De Situ Brittaniae | William Henry Ireland's Shakespeare Forgeries | The Great Chess Automaton | The Mystery of Madagascar |
| Graham's Celestial Bed | The Patagonian Giants | The Blue Laws of Connecticut | The Duckbilled Platypus
1800-1868: LUNAR BISON AND SOLAR ARMOR | The Berners Street Hoax | The Journal of Charles LeRaye | Redheffer's Perpetual Motion Machine | Princess Caraboo | The Great Stock Exchange Hoax of 1814 | Symzonia | Sawing the Island Off | The Nondescript | The Journal of a British Spy | Hoaxes of Edgar Allan Poe | Joice Heth | The Great Moon Hoax | Maria Monk | The Fortsas Bibliohoax | The Feejee Mermaid | The Southern Conspiracy to Confederate with Mexico | The Pictographs of Abbe Emmanuel Domenech | The Hopkins Hoax | A Petrified Man | The Miscegenation Hoax | The origins of the word 'miscegenation' | The Orgueil Meteorite | The Great Civil War Gold Hoax | The Calaveras Skull
1869-1913: STONE GIANTS AND ANTLERED RABBITS | Index Hoaxorum: 1869-1913 | Spirit Photography | The Cardiff Giant | The Case of the Miraculous Bullet | The Central Park Zoo Escape | The Materialization of John Newbegin | "Leonainie" | Dr. Egerton Yorrick Davis | Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography | The Winsted Wild Man | The Great Duck Egg Fake | Sympsychography | The Great Wall of China Hoax | The Great Mammoth Hoax | First to the Pole | The Ghosts of Versailles | The Piltdown Man
1914-1949: NEW JERSEY MARTIANS AND VAN GOGH'S EAR | A Tale of a Tub | The Cottingley Fairies | The Disumbrationist School of Art | The Ponzi Scheme | The Case of the Midwife Toad | Hugh Troy | Hugo N. Frye | Death in the Air | Theft of the Sacred Cod | Loch Ness Monster Hoaxes | The Surgeon's Photo | Fritz Kreisler | The Brown Lady of Raynham | Veterans of Future Wars | The Perambulating Skull | "The War of the Worlds" | Hitler Hoaxes
1950-1976: NAKED ANIMALS AND SWISS SPAGHETTI TREES | The Great Monkey Hoax | Society for Indecency to Naked Animals | Bigfoot Hoaxes | The Third Eye | The Olympic Underwear Relay | The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest | The Virginia City Camel Race | Dick Tuck | Paul Is Dead | "Subways Are For Sleeping" | Report from Iron Mountain | Naked Came the Stranger | The Stone Age Tasaday
1977-1989: AUSTRALIAN ICEBERGS AND COCKROACH PILLS | Alternative Three | The Sydney Iceberg | The Cloning of a Man | Lady Liberty on Lake Mendota | Rosie Ruiz | The Prediction of Tamara Rand | Jimmy's World | The Interfering Brassieres | The Hitler Diaries
1990-1999: CROP CIRCLES AND CROSS-DRESSING KEN | Crop Circle Hoaxes | Doug and Dave | Operation Blackbird | The Cambridge Mandelbrot Set | The BMW Crop Circle | Milli Vanilli | Whatever Happened to Buckwheat? | Russia Sells Body of Lenin | Ghostwatch | Grungegate | Microsoft Buys the Catholic Church | Cross-Dressing Ken | The Sibuxiang Beast | Web Hoaxes of the 1990s | ourfirsttime.com | Ron's Angels | eBay auctions | Mahir Madness | Allegra Coleman | The Sokal Hoax |
AFTER 2000: MONSTER CATS | The Top 10 Hoaxes of 2004 | The Rathergate memos, the Mini Cooper Autonomous Robot, Andy Kaufman Returns, and more! | The Onion Capitol-Dome Hoax | Post-9/11 Hoaxes | Touristguy | The Wingdings Prophecies | The NASA Satellite Photo | The Predictions of Nostradamus | The Lovenstein Institute IQ Report | Monkey Fishing |
| Manbeef.com | Spud Server | Final Curtain | MalePregnancy.com | David Manning Film Critic | Snowball the Monster Cat | Kaycee Nicole Swenson | The Religion of the Jedi Knights | The Stone-Age Discoveries of Shinichi Fujimura | The Emulex Stockmarket Hoax | Death Hoaxes | The Final Farewell of Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Dead Pop Stars | Phony 9/11 Deaths | The Piltdown Chicken
- 2006 November:
Big Dog Needs Home | Bruce Lee Theme Park Patrolled by Mannequin Robots | Craigslist Free Baby Ad | Psychic Photographer Takes Pictures of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson | Quick Links: Giant Pawprints Puzzle Couple, etc. | Cardiff Giant: The Musical | Microsoft Firefox | Cat Gives Birth To ‘Puppies’ | The Balbirnie Beast is a St. Bernard | Quick Links: The Apostles of O’Neill, etc. | Universal Bullshit Detector Watch | Defence Force UFO | Quick Links: Liberated Gnomes, Robocalls, etc. | Mission Accomplished Vanishes | Tall-Tale Creature Haiku | The Online Pregnancy Tester
- 2006 November:
Quick Links: Fake Bill Bills, Vampire Teeth, etc. | October | Rat Salad | Another Message In A Bottle Hoax |
| Quick Links: Chris De Burgh, etc. | Quick Links: Bull on Roof, etc. | Halloween Plane Crash Display Mistaken for Real | Quick Links: Bear Hunting, etc. | Has the U.S. Banned Vegemite? | NFL Stadiums Bomb Hoax | Fake College Student | Chupacabra Captured? | Happy Birthday, Cardiff Giant | High-Speed Message in a Bottle | Underwater Basket Weaving | Aleksey Vayner | 1990 Buckwheat Hoax | Madonna Adopts Baby in Malawi | Quick Links: False Lobster, etc. |
| Soldier Head Twist | Elevator Illusion | Quick Links: Banyan Tree Gets Police Protection, etc. | Yellow Lines Painted Under Parked Car | ‘Mockumentary’ May Get Superintendent Fired | Quick Links: Man Dives 50 Feet for 20 Dollars, etc. | Talking Elephant | Quick Links: Eating Sand, etc.
- 2006 September:
Quick Links: Itsy Bitsy Imposter, etc. | Microscopic Art | Writer Behind J.T. LeRoy Comes Clean | My Twinn | Quick Links: Henrietta the Four Legged chicken, etc. | Nuclear Explosion Over Netherlands | American Airlines 9/11-Themed Ad | Live Fish Discovered in Duck Egg | Cockroach vs. Weatherman | Quick Links: The Welsh Robin Hood, etc. | Quick Links: Man Bites Panda, etc. | Snouts | Quick Links: Fake Steve Irwin Death Videos, etc. | Lamborghini On Teacups | Quick Links: Gnomes and Gropers | Motorcycle-Eating Tree | Con Artist Poses as Rock Star | Real-Life Donkey Kong? | Quick Links: Magic Goats, etc. | The First Amish Newsletter | See The Lord! | 1979 Pakistan Airlines WTC Ad | Waterlily Supports Baby | LonelyGirl15 | Quick Links: Sheep Rescued from Tree, etc. | Irwin Fans Take Revenge on Stingrays? | Ghost Tree | Quick Links: Q-Ray, MIT, and Stupid Criminals | Tahoe Tessie | Quick Links: Police Threaten Arrest Over Gnome, etc. | Billboard Dollars Disappear | Quick Links: Heart-In Baby Diamonds, etc. | Quick Links: Cheese, Aliens, Urine, & Paris Hilton | Accented Cows | Animus Cult | Quick Links: Canine Antics | Big Dog | Suri’s Bronzed Baby Poop | Quick Links: Giant Gnome, etc.
- 2006 August:
Katie Loses Weight | The Betjeman Letter | Quick Links: Pregnant Man, etc. | Infants-Blood | Mysterious Creature Washed Up on Beach | Virgin Mary on Turtle | Quick Links: Stupid Criminals, etc. | New York Puppet Library |
Virgin Sarah Seeks Help Losing It
| Giant Swiss Army Knife | Quick Links: Falling Cow, etc. | Jesus in an Ultrasound | Snakes In A Theater | Quick Links: Demon Coin, etc. | Flashing Bride | Quick Links: Milk-Sipping Idols, etc. | Quick Links: Odd Chickens, etc. | The Hanky Code | Top Thrill Dragster | Steorn Develops Free Energy Technology | Did a Psychic Foresee JonBenet’s Killer? | Chocolate Virgin Mary | Quick Links: Breasts! | Quick Links: Elvis Bounty, etc. | Maine Mystery Beast Killed | Alex Boese Quotes | Quick Links, KFCruelty.com, etc. | Stardust@home Project Finds Life | The Road of Non-Starting Cars | Quick Links: 3D Crop Circle, etc. | ‘The Can’ |
| Giant Baby Born in China | Quick Links: Banana Phone, etc. | Self-Watering Miracle Tree | Naked Civil Servants Fired | Quick Links: Taco Sauce Pranksters, etc. | Frog Salad Surprise | World’s Smallest Cat | Quick Links: Perishing Penguins, etc. | Weird Scottish Myths | Quick Links: Animal Antics | Hanging Munchkin set for Stage Debut | Bizarre Japanese Porta Potty Prank | Flower Urinals | Quick Links: Card Trick, etc. | Crackheadz Gone Wild | Quick Links: Square Watermelon, etc. | Is the “End of Serenity” Photo Fake? | Buy Jake. | Al Gore’s Penguin Army | Masturbate-a-thon | Black Eyed Kids (BEK) | Does God Love Rats? | Han van Meegeren Biography | Some Announcements | Journalist Fakes Bill Gates Interview | Hello, A Bomb Is Coming | Pray For Less Crime | Disguise Your Doberman As A Poodle | Foot Myths | TP Victim Gets Revenge | Thief Plays Dead To Avoid Arrest | Wooden Knobs For Your Stereo | Gnome On A Pole | The Specter Moose
- 2006 July:
Conger Cuddling Contest Cancelled | The Butter Trough | Paris Bans Going Fake Topless on Fake Beach | The Town Representative Vanishes | Miracle Fountain Gushes Water | Porn Radio Replaces Christian Radio | Ocean Dome | Aquiess Weather Modification | Optical Illusion As Traffic Control | Doctor Who Currency | Can-Throwing Skills | Hair-Made Soy Sauce: An Update | Alien Bug: What Is It? | Ancient Book of Psalms Found In Irish Bog | Is There A Hoose Loose? (Possible Horse-Moose Hybrid) | Texas Town Prays For Rain | Headless Gymnast | Inflatable Passenger | Cursor Kite | Did Einstein Consider Geography More Difficult Than Physics? | Mock Marijuana | Rob the Parachuting War-Hero Dog | Angel Crashlands On Car | Feckenham’s Declaration of Independence | Is Fake-Nice A Good Thing? | Penguin On A British Beach? | Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo | Coin Glued To The Ground Prank Goes Disastrously Wrong | Man Builds Robot Version of Himself | Woman Claims To Be Descendant of Jesus Christ (And Gets Huge Book Deal) | Magic Cheese | Beware of Hydrogen in Water | Human-Toothed Fish Found in Texas | Godzilla Cloud | Garage Door Opener Triggers Priapic Response | Auto Dealer Scams | How To Fake Your Death On The Internet | Mouse-Infested Plane | Wraith Picket Experiment | Flying Cat | That Girl Emily: Wife Plots Revenge on Cheating Husband | Trained Flies | Horny Shark | Yet Another Two-Toned Lobster | Professional Staredown Contests | Quick Change Artists | Very Pregnant | No Scruf | Marauding Machete-Wielding Clowns | The Vegetable Orchestra | Strange Coincidence: Titanic Disas=ter Foretold | Book A Fake Vacation | Photograph of Mozart’s Widow | Fake Muscle Suits (all the rage in India) | Roach-vertising | The Bunny Ears Prank: A History | Farm-Raised Salmon Scam | In-Car Phonographs | Ann Coulter’s Hands | Did Ken Lay Fake His Death? | Huggable Urns | The Frosties Kid Is Dead | Unfortunate URL: OMFG.com | Submarine At The Beach | Big Ben Goes Digital (Again) | Hooker-vertising | Bolibao - The Breast-Plump Pill | Concrete Soccer Ball Prank | Breast Ironing | Bicycle-Eating Tree | Shark Head
- 2006 June:
Email Warns of Inflammatory Breast Cancer | Interviewer Who Can’t Stop Laughing | eon8 | Religious Devotees Worship Phony Phallic Symbol | Nostradamus Predicts World Cup Victory |
| Canned Art | Watching Eyes Make Us Honest | Hymen Repair and Fake Virginity Certificates | Nigeria Warns of British Conmen | Shark Photos | Criss Angel Pulls Woman In Half | Hope Against Hope | Is Marquette’s Map a Hoax? | Whale Carcass found 1000 Miles Inland | Operation EMU | Shin Break | Was Franklin’s Electric Kite Experiment a Hoax? | Yellow Lines Become Wobbly | The Body On A Highway Prank | The Baby Mind Reader | Mummified Sea Monster | Senior Pranks 2006 | Fake ‘Love’ Cows | Scandinavian Model Alexandra Ansgar Promotes Firefox | Candidate Accused of Having Faked His Death | Genpets (shrinkwrapped pets) | Million-Dollar Bill Tracts Seized | | Boa Eats Kangaroo | Air Stockings: Spray-on Pantyhose | Massage Relieves Nasal Congestion | Arômes Artificiels | Frog Salad | The Extreme Cuisine of Chef Kaz Yamamoto | Wild Goose Chase | SmackBook | Giant Jellyfish | Sheep Thinks She’s A Dog | Real Body Found At Fake Crime Scene | Prince Philip Worshipped As A God | 7.9% of Japanese Men Over 40 Are Virgins | Fake Happy Families Sell Homes | Huichol Labor Pain Relief Custom | Jaleel White Commits Suicide | Victorian Rock Music | Potato Used As Silencer | Giant Ball Crashed Into Building | Alan Abel Videos | Stock Performance Tied To Ease Of Pronouncing Company’s Name | BioPerformance Goes to Court | Vatican Warns on Fake Papal Organist | Pet Food Salesman Ships Gallows to Libya | BushFish
- 2006 May:
Bigfoot Spotted Near Buffalo | Cordless Jump Rope | Florida Accountant Descended From Genghis Khan | FEMA Plan to Use Pastors as Pacifiers | The Case of the Ghostly Pigeon | Firediving Image | Real-Life Fight Club for Techies | Alien Head Inside A Duck | Pat Robertson Can Leg Press 2000 Pounds | Miele Billboard | Adult-Proof Ringtones | A Virgin’s Plea | Marvin’s Marvelous Museum Video | Cardiff Giant Video | Nessie Hunting Video | Back From Scotland | Please Take This Survey | Love Spud | Inflatable Pub | The Great Edinburgh Adventure | Will The Real Guy Kewney Please Stand Up? | Naked Skydiving | George Lutz, RIP | Ann Arbor Fairy Doors | Long Live The Hodag | Vote For Padre Pio | IQ Challenge | In Memory of Father Noise | The Earl of Buckingham |
| DVD-Sniffing Dogs | Air Pollution Marketing Campaign | Casimir Effect Causes Ships To Attract Each Other | Bosnian Pyramids | Human-Flavored Rum | Perfect Shot: Bullet Lodges in Cylinder of Other Gun | Collecting Junk For Charity | Man, 33, Marries Woman, 104 | Real-Life JATO Car | Monster Truck Church Commercial | ‘Lickable’ Breyers Ad | Finger Served To Diner | Is Nintendo Wii A Hoax? | The Mustache Tattoo
- 2006 April:
Vet Fakes Death of Dog | Praying For Peace (for 30 days) | Portable Ghost Detector | Inauthentic Paper Detector | Plane Flies In Front of Moon | Fake Bellies | Huge Sculptures | Did Idaho Get Its Name As A Result Of A Hoax? | Steaming Coffee Manhole Cover | Google Adsense Bus | Mystery Man Found On Raft | Need A Hand With Your Bag? | Fake Konrad Kujau Fakes | Casu Marzu (aka Maggot Cheese) | Petting A Shark | Diving Tiger | International Association of Pranksters and Hoaxers | Microwaved Water Kills Plants | Sun Serpent | Breast Exam Scam | Binary King Galaxy | Mrs. Foote Attacked By Millipedes | Giant Laser | Tagging Air Force One | Tree-Nesting Elephant | Global Spell Casting Day | Feng Shui For Cars | Boston Couple Eats Glass | The Musuem of Hoaxes | Cow In A Car | Giant Rabbits | Drug Companies Invent Diseases (aka Diseasemongering) | Don’t Use Cruise Control In The Rain | Missouri Couple Has Sextuplets | Motorcycle Flips Car | Donut Maker Sponsors High School | $150 McDonald Sandwich | Chapstick Lets You Cheat on Scantron Tests | Fake Zebras Face Extinction | Brain Gym | Plane With Flapping Wings | Is Katie Holmes Pregnant? | The Boonville Beer | Dead Man Runs For New Orleans Mayor | Dorset Naga: The Hottest Chili In The World | MIT vs. Caltech, Cannon Prank | Cy the Creationist Kitten | Ballymena Boots Hang From Power Line | Paris Hilton To Play Mother Teresa | Fake News On Your TV | Alien Autopsy Creator Revealed | Plastic Assets Follow-Up | Lasik At Home | Plane Delays Landing for Tea Break | Bank Withdrawal Prank | Attack of the Mario Power-Up Cubes | Story Rights to Purdue Basketball Hoax For Sale | Amazon Review Contest | Strange Tax Deductions | Rare Time Alignment Tomorrow | The Dolakha Baby | Did UKTV Do Their Own Research? | Buying Strawberries Out of Season Kills Hippos | April Fool’s Day Roundup, 2006 | CNet April Fools Article
- 2006 March:
'Devil Calls' Cause Exploding Phones |
| Museum of Hoaxes in Christian Science Monitor | Top Ten Office Pranks | Media Schedule | The Fat Tax | Skinny Model | Smiling Pots | 21st Annual April Fools' Day Parade | Bird-Feeder Thief | Leprechaun Loose in Alabama | Mermaids and Bull Genitals Used to Find Missing Car | The Mystery of the Mouse-Like Kitten | Fake Russian Music Degrees | Cloud Sends a Signal | Woolly Pigs | Fake Irish Pubs | Fake Smiles May Cause Depression | Schapelle Corby Tours | Victoria's Secret Basketball Prank | Real Discoveries Dismissed as Hoaxes | Will Ferrell Dies While Paragliding | Funny Money | Ghosts at Roadblocks | Google Hires 15-Year Old | Pet Buffalo | The Price of Fake Sick Notes | Goldfish in Fake Breasts | School For Ambidexterity | Massage Milk Censored | Fur-Bearing Crab | JT Leroy: The Movie | The Fur-Bearing Lobster | Hippo Eats Dwarf Book Review Contest | MIT Dome Wins Gold Medal | Free Breast Implants With Credit Card | 85-year-old Woman To Climb Everest | Nessie Was an Elephant | The Kitten Killer of Hangzhou | Pet Moose | A Meditation on the Speed Limit
- 2006 February: Ann Arbor Public School Site | Video iPod | The Disappearing Blonde Gene | Turkish Wrist Walkers | The Tongue Map | Overpopulated Mouse Colony Perishes | The Case of the Microwaved Penis | The Traveling Hippo Experiment | Great-Grandmother Gives Birth | Pastry Burgers | Philippine Urban Legends (Jose Rizal was Jack the Ripper) | Ayds Weight-Loss Candy | TV Producer Has Question | Museum of Hoaxes Keyrings | Camera Unlost, But Not Quite Found | Skinbags (bags made from human skin) | Ancient Pottery Recorded Audio | Korean Couple Weds on a Train |
| Popular Myths in Science | Stealth Stars and Stripes | Vietnam Deems Grapefruit Site Too Cocky | Stevie Starr, Professional Regurgitator | Clairvoyant Gets Message From Woman Buried Alive | Mexican Row Houses | Bogus Vintage Wine | Comic Book Urban Legends | World-Record Hoaxes | Mystery of the Manure From the Sky | Trained Goldfish | Jesus Pets | Woman Clings To Ice With Her Teeth | How To Cook An Egg With Two Cell Phones | Iran Renames Danish Pastries | Mr. Six Revealed? | Knoop Confesses JT Leroy Was a Hoax | Shot Glass Through Ear | Frozen Squirrel Breaks Windshield | | Alien Baby Found In Attic | Pictures That Lie | Message In A Bottle Crosses Atlantic | Sad Princess Di Doll | Fish Spells Allah and Muhammad | Pets In Uniform | What Happens When Dogs Attack a Bull | MagicSHELF Update 2 | Topless Fish Saleswomen Legal in Liverpool | Suicide Cryptogram | Painted Room Illusions
- 2006 January: Goldfish Have No Memory | Fake Puma Ad Mystery Solved
- 2005 December: Man Given $15,000 Ring By Stranger | iPod or Meat | Extra Virgin Mary | The Traveling Gnome Prank | Biker Hits Pothole | Fantastic Eggs | Jesus in a Warming Tray | Fake Fox Hunts | Supermanning | Woman Swallows Cell Phone | Are Santa's Reindeer Female? (An update) | Happy Holidays (also seeking suggestions for the top ten hoaxes of 2005) | Mariah Carey's Saudi Arabia Album Covers | Ant Carries Crackers | Giving Santa the Bird | La Pascualita, the Mexican Corpse Bride | Man Fulfills Short Life Prediction | Who Should Win the Caption Contest? | Monkey Art Fools Expert | Student Visited By DHS Agents After Requesting Little Red Book at Library | The Three Magi | Narnia Walks Out of WTO Meeting | Elephant Loose in St. Petersburg | Man Celebrates Christmas Every Day | Skaggs Strikes Again | Caption Contest | Animatronic Chimp Head | Holy Bottled Water | Digital Plastic Surgery | A Contest To Think of Contest Ideas | Happy Monkey Day | Supercooled Water | Indigo Children See The Future | The Husband Mannequin | John Just Wants To Go Home For Christmas | School For Pranks | Smoot Retires | Is Chin-Whiskered Charlie A Fraud? | The Return of the Web-Controlled Christmas Lights | Xenacate | Brazilian Sand Girl | Birthplace of George W. Bush | Baby Bush Toys | Head-Lice Lotion Scam | Shark Caught With Shark in Mouth | Ronaldinho Nike Ad | Silver Star Mountain Sasquatch | Monkey Day | Grandma Steals Baby Jesus | Cyber Monday | Cooling Down With David
- 2005 November: Spiderman | Sexsomnia | Glitter Lung | Email Warns of Hidden Camera in Tanning Salons | Satellites For Sale | Giant Cowgirl | Penile Weight Lifting (A Follow-Up) | Amamanta Anatomically Correct Dolls | The CSI Effect | Wait For The Bling | Plymouth Rock Pieces on eBay | Big Foot High School | Powdered Alcohol | The Situation with Tucker Carlson | Fire Water | Thanksgiving Turkey | Realistic Truck Art | Magneurol-S6: The ESP Pill | Banner of Heaven | Alibi Network | Hippo Eats Dwarf Sighting | Breath Capture | Date Bait | Why did the gnomes cross the road? | Glowing Pork Chops | Thalidomide: the Musical | Fake Body Parts | Space Cadets | Black League Basketball | 15-Inch Waist | Fake Smile Test | Salmon-Flavored Soda | The Palace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan | The Power of Makeup | By-Accident.com | Fake Family Software | The Bear on the California Flag Should Have Been a Pear | Police Officer Declares Himself Hindu Deity | Human Upgrades | Dog Gives Birth to Green Puppy | Gene Guess | Fake Cavities | Hippo With Tortoise | Japanese Urban Legends | Upside-Down Christmas Trees | Amazon Mechanical Turk | Road Rage Video | Altmann Tube-O-Lator Lacquer | Who Buried Paul McCartney? | The Silent Movie Actress Archive (Corporeal Memorabilia) | Blacklight Power and Hydrinos | Spooky Images | Mosquito Anti-Teenager Device | Sea Serpents Are Really Whale Penises | Patent The A and Patented Storylines | Grand Canyon Skywalk | Strunk & White: The Opera | Wall of Fake Breasts | Panexa | Mindbending Software | Chris Elliott Falls for Boilerplate | Chinese Company Bids $450bn for Exxon | Yorkshire Man Raped By Dog
- 2005 October: Number Two Appears in Eye of Hurricane | HETRACIL Anti-Effeminate Medication | Hydra High Energy H2O | Jesus Tree | The Curse of Saint Edmund | Peanut Butter Slices | The Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare | Loo With A View | Volkswagen Autostadt Car Tower | Chess Boxing | Museum of Hoaxes Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal | Pet Rat Grooming | Do Round Bowls Make Goldfish Go Blind? | Ice Giant Found in Siberia | Great Pointed Archer Society | Charlotte Church/Liam Gallagher Pepsi Ad | Google's Dentist | A Baby Named Google | Victor the Talking Budgie | World's Longest Surname | China Invades Japan | Miss International's Nanny Speech | Back From The Desert | Is The Word 'Dwarf' Derogatory? | CitiKitty: Cat Toilet Training Kit | Marzipan Babies | Photos of Pre-Crash Helios Airplane | Santorum Fundraiser at U2 Concert | Snakes On A Plane (the movie) | MIDI or Virtuoso? | $1 Million Bounty for Bigfoot | Is J.T. LeRoy a Hoax? | Killing Fields Cafe | Cillit Bang's Barry Scott | Boy With 12 Fingers (and 13 Toes) |
| How Smart Is Your Right Foot? | Runaway Bride Runs Again | Microsoft Single-Play DVD | What I Did In Pittsburgh
- 2005 September: In Pittsburgh | Leaving Brooklyn: Oy Vey! | Corpses Used As Mulch | Seattle Attempts to Save Rat Population | Tom Cruise Lectures on Modern Science of Mental Health |
| Killer Dolphins Set Loose by Katrina | Ashton Kutcher Marries Demi Moore | Holy Grail Found in Da Vinci's Last Supper | Christian Mime Theater | Plastic Deer Shot By Hunters | Ashton Hacked | Searing Meat Seals in Its Juices (and other food myths) | Dr. Richard Chopp (unfortunate name for a urologist) | Mentos + Soda = Explosion | Mobile Phone Conversation Simulation Service | Babycage.net | Extreme Fans Fake Emergency Landing To See Team Play | Giant Jesus Prevents Auto Accidents | Cheese Can Cause Nightmares | Fake Fly in Urinal | Planet-Dissolving Dust Cloud Headed Toward Earth | Lincoln Death Photo | Clarifying Posts | Lesbian Phone Call | Emily Fox Stacks Cups | Monster Crocodile in New Orleans | Grotica Search Engine | Gillette's 5-Blade Razor | Bush's UN Bathroom Break | Fuel From Dead Cats | $100 Blog Contest | David Manning Settlement | Yearbook Photos: Fake Sweat | Gross Candy | New Orleans Euthanasia | Soylent Green Collagen | New Orleans Alligator | Fishing in New Orleans | Opossum in the Attic | Fake Photos of Katrina Arriving | Liquid Oxygen Skin Cream | Yakuza Caused Katrina | Synthetic Fecal Fluid Patent | Downloading Communism | Dead Jackalope | AtomChip Notebook Computer | Kangaroo Testicle Hoax | Hippo Eats Dwarf Cover | Skype Prank | Esquivalience Copyright Trap | Hypnosis Diet | Convert Your Car to Hydrogen | Dear Abby Dilemma | Sharks in New Orleans | Katrina Survivor Story | Bullshit Protectors | Advertising Cliches | Hippo Eats Dwarf Completed
- 2005 August: We Rank | Wrinkled Egg | Hoof Hearted | Fake Registration Day | Giant Alligator | Skinny Women | Munchkin Identified |
| Piano Man Was a Hoax | Mutant Three-Eyed Toad | Catholic Church as The Matrix | Gulliver's Erotic Adventures | Oompa Loompa Imposters | Amazing Hilltop Homes | Drive-By Shooting Video | Real-Life Ken and Barbie Dolls | Nessie Revealed | Outsourcing Blogging | Eye Jewelry | Walken for President | Skinny Water | Museum Entry Tickets | Rainbow Parties | Kidsbeer | The Dangers of Jaywalking | Tibetan Dragons | WiFi Speed Spray | My Biography For Sale on Amazon | Pismo Beach, Faux Clam Capital of California | Silver Audi A8 | Thieves Steal Fake Paintings | Greenlighting | Noisy Neighbor Revenge CD | Fake Memories Fight Flab | Man Fakes Murder To Get Divorce | MOTORmate | Groping Cardinals | Halle Berry Lurks Online | The Barton Mansion
- 2005 July: Fake Quotes in Newspaper | The Mozart Effect | Bigfoot Hair | Rad Monkey Electric Cowbells | Vote For Juanzo | Fruit Salad Tree Hoax | Fun With Google Maps | Top 10 Apollo Hoax Theories | When To Stop Tanning | Bear On The Green | Vacation Photos | Grovers Mill, New Jersey
- 2005 June: Update About the Site and the Book | Where Is Toby? | Spray-On Mud | Secret Powerline Codes | Suspicious MARC Poster | Fake Bulletproof Vests | Photocopier Accident | Loch Ness Tooth Update | Senior Ceiling Mural Prank | A Case of Vaginismus | Suicidal Chicken | Cottingley Fairy Copyright Question | Have I Murdered Hufu? | Deep Throat Revealed on Toast | Bride Audit | Wanted: Contest Ideas | I'm Back
- 2005 May: Woman With Purse 1, Thief 0 | Wired Article About Peter Lynds | Das Keyboard | Woman Claims to Have Diana's Kidney | Singles Wallpaper | NPR Radio Show | Underground Real Estate Agent Kit | Pope Raisin | Forget-Me-Not Panties | Light Posting Ahead | Art Cats | Storm Near Bunbury? | Cave Art: Banksy Strikes Again | Star Wars is Satan's Tool | Waiting For Star Wars | Woman Swallows Balloon | NBA Draft Prank | The Piano Man | Florida UFO | Human-Flavored Tofu | Black Spider Club, Part II | Wendy's Fingers | The Oil Computer | BratZapper | Google Content Blocker |
| The Golf Ball Liberation Army | Microwave Cooking is Killing You! | Schwarzenegger Blows Up the Moon | Big Squid | The Reel in a Rock | The Black Spider Club | Trompe l'oeil Murals | Satellite Map Oddity | Lion vs. Midgets | The Dominion of Melchizedek | Scientists Walk of Fame | Runaway Bride Stuff on eBay | Dead Husband Hoax | Coin Stacking | A New Kind of Moisturizer | Cow Urine | Snake in Breakfast Food | Coalition for Traditional Values | Finger in Frozen Custard | Cochran's Tombstone | Battery Charger | Photos of the Museum of Hoaxes | Paula Zahn Tonight | Medieval Beer Test | Time Traveler Convention | Liger On Display
- 2005 April: Outbreak of Zombie Virus | Popemobile on eBay | The Zonkey | Does Email Cause IQ Loss? | Tale of a Clueless Hacker | Oscar Meyer Weiner Hearse | Give Me Whatever's In The Bag | Mating Animal Crackers | Twinkies Don't Last Forever | BigBoy Graveyard | Faces In Stuff Slideshow | Great Wall of China Visible From Space | Campaign to Reelect the Prime Minister | Gross Things Found in Food | Suicide Jumper | The Tapeworm Diet | Rent My Son | Virgin Mary Frying Pan | The Oops List | The Case of the Stolen Laptop | Road Through The Snow | High Heels | Spider Milkshake | Get Naked Day | Celebrity Skin | Rodent Cheese | Mouth-to-Beak Resuscitation | Key Scratch Artist | Rent A Dildo | Phony Seal Hunt | Pope Chicken Breast | No Pretty In Pink Sequel | Fake Sports Reporter | Gnome Defense | Upgrade My Wife | Fake Smiles and Women's Intuition | Keep Your City Clean | Automatic Paper Generator | Book Millionaire | Naked But Wearing Clothes | BIOPRO EMF Harmonization Chips | M'azing Commercials | Octopus Camouflages Itself | Caltech Vs. MIT | Stomach Sucked In | Politics and Photoshop | Mt. St. Helens at Sunrise | Wife For Sale | Diminutive Male Genitalia Disorder and Hunting | Man Arrested For Paying With Two-Dollar Bill | Holy Father's Last Rites Declaration | Photo Fiction | Perfect Housemate | Has Bill Gates Converted To Islam? | Bovine Unite | Star Wars Fans Line Up... Outside Wrong Theater | Is the Pope Incorruptible? | Migrant Mother Sheds Her Wrinkles | Star 100.7 Becomes Jack 100.7 | Stripping For Money Prank | Michelangelo's Laocoon | Latest Fashion Craze | Hidden Messages in Water | Sonic Stain Remover | Mickey's Gala Premiere | The Nike Swoosh | More 2005 April Fools | The Great Toothing Hoax | Mushroom Licenses | The Erotic Diary of George Wendt | Do Baseball Players Pee on Their Hands? | Springtime in Arkham | Penile Weight Lifting, Part 2 | Google April Fools | Last Resort Retrieval | April Fools 2005
- 2005 March: Wageningen Liberation Monument | Guardian's April Fool's Day Quiz | Government Records Your Phone Calls | Garden Gnome Liberation Front | April Fool's Day Effect | Bush Twins in Maxim | Plagiarizing for Laura | Curing Obesity Through Sterility | Easy Millionaire Question | Terrorist Catch and Release |
| Credit Card Prank, Parts I and II | Watching Ringu | Family Pranks for April 1st | Hidden Dangers | Harvey Nichols Labor Giveaway | The John Rhys-Davies Internet Rumor Experiment | Easter Legend is a Hoax | Google and Terri Schiavo | Soldier With Fingers Crossed | Earth Dog Tags | Bombing | The Old Negro Space Program | 20th Annual April Fool's Day Parade | Social Security for Sale | Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie | Pony Express Hoax | Authentic Alien Mummy Corpse | Doll Mistaken For Alien | Steve Wynn Hotel Ad | Trampoline Baby | Dog Condoms | Top 10 WORST April Fools Ever | USA Today Photo Request | Extreme Cars | Pet Pillows | Scissors Sticking Out Of His Arm | Bigfoot Beer, Part 2 | Is McDonalds Outsourcing their Drive-Thru Windows? | Jesus-Smelling Candles | Talk To Aliens | Welcome to the World of AIDS | Adventure Art | Rent A German | Penile Weight Lifting | Car Buried in Snow | Why We Must Ban Fake UFOs | Find A Gay Neighborhood | Spoon-Shaped Egg | Canine Behavior Modification Plug-in | My Sister's Diary | Hitman Professional Killings | The Rumor About LiveStrong Bracelets | Car Park Theft | Was Deep Throat The Most Profitable Movie Ever Made? | Shroud of Turin Mystery Solved | Tall Tail Egg | Moon Base Clavius | Fan Death and Tongue Cutting | Sex, Death, and Maggots | The Balance Bar | Roommates, Roaches, and Armadillos |
| Rosie's New Blog | Do Dogs Commit Suicide? | Another Belle de Jour Theory | Swiss Hygiene Inspector | Build a Better Caias | Wedding Photos | The Carlisle Cursing Stone | Virgin Mary Pretzel | Is Surf Junky a Scam? | Batman's Greatest Boner | The Money Blog Experiment | The Great Internet UFO Hoax | Silence Killer Mystery Image | Martha Stewart's New Body | Lie Detector | World Record for Smoking | Wine Dimple Theory, Part 2 | YCT Immigrant Hunt | Sky Disc of Nebra
- 2005 February: World Jump Day | Big Dog | Cure The Catch | Oversized Biceps | Sky Tennis | Elephant Toilet | Sometimes Sweaty Statue Says Pope Will Live | Nobody Wants Your Film | Who Ordered Room Service? | What About the San Diego Earthquake? | Indian Whiz Kid Wins NASA Competition | United Nuclear | Cast of Survivor Are Just Actors | Child Art Prodigy, Part 2 | Hippo Eats Dwarf | Oldest Cat in the World? | Axe To Grind | Rock 'n' Roll Urban Legends | Bigfoot Barleywine-style Ale | Bellybutton Showing | Osama Bin Laden As A Teenager | The Gay Penguin Sex Test | No Life on Mars? | McDonalds Bathroom Attendant | Neanderthal Hoax Exposed | Iron Hymen | Phony 'Forsake Our Troops' Site | Windows House | Man Tries to Sell Will on eBay | An Orange Inside Of An Apple | The Ancient Art of Yellow Bamboo | Mohammed (peace be upon him) | Raising Money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness | Magnehance | MPAA Ratings Crackdown | Libertarian Girl Unmasked | Fake Marriage Proposal | About.Com Hoax Photo Test | Deadly Underwater Gnome Garden Returns | Trapped By Chupacabras | Unusual Mineral Name | Allegra Cole | Photos of Snouters | Texas Tortilla and 'An Amazing Photograph' | Bacon Whores | Major Earthquake Predicted | Paul Harvey Riddle | Jeff Gannon, Ace Reporter | War Widow By Proxy | Carrot Fungus: It'll Either Kill You or Cure Cancer | Morgellons Disease: Is It Real? | First Contact Tours | Islamic Hostage Barbie Hoax, Part Two | Save Toby | Chickens From the Sky | The Lincoln Fry | Wanted: Girl Who Knits | Fetal Educator Strap | Pigeon Religion | Nothing For Sale | Sleep Messaging | Atlanta Nights | Catfish Licking, Part Two | American Fascist Movement | How Much is a Corpse Worth? | Snake Flossing | BatMax: Does It Really Work? | Is the Eiffel Tower Copyrighted? | The Phone Angel | Connecticut Evacuated | Bring Me A Beer | View From Airplane Window | Nuns on Stools | Islamic Hostage Barbie Hoax | Chawama: The Town That Hoaxes | Knuckle Cracking | Duff Beer Scam
- 2005 January: Dyslexic Gerbils | UFO Detectors | Vietnam Vote Article | Catfish Licking | Supper With The Stars | Was the Forehead Ad Auction a Hoax? | Ban On Anime | UFO Coin | How To Escape From An Avalanche | The Tape | Dog and Dolphin | Army Worm Wine | Advertise On My Pregnant Belly | Trying To Leave Haugesund | A Wooden Hand | Duke of Wellington Cone Prank | Insomniac Ukrainian | Happy Slappers | Hunting Nessie | Worst Weatherman Ever | Fat Dog | Back Again... | Museum of Hoaxes is Moving | The Emancipator Bubble | Missing Monkey (looks like Olsen Twin) | John Goodman Isn't Dead | Man Sells Left Nut on eBay | Weird X-Rays | When I Woke Up My Leg Was Gone | Aicha Kid Suicide Video | Abel Raises Caine | Inauguration Pickup Scam | Poo Prank | Volkswagen Polo Ad | Angel Light Sees Through Walls | Jesus on the Half Shell | Tsunami Fish | Secret Ingredient Scam | Bill Gates Teen Idol | What is Neurocam? | Face of Christ in Painting | Cooking Your Placenta | Countdown to Oblivion | Forehead Ad Blocker | Toilet Paper Rejected By Beatles | Waiting for Mr. Tsunami | Rats a la Carte | Butt Art | Stoned Student Tackles Oedipus | Still on Vacation! | Online Gamers Anonymous (Status: Not A Hoax) | LA Times on Ghosts and eBay | CIA Muezzin School | Aural Policing | Remote Autographing Device | Abstract Expressionism as CIA Plot | Toma Sota Balcu | Miracle M&M | Message in a Cabbage Patch | An Interview with Hiroshi Yamauchi | Kaycee Nicole in Training | FARTFULL Work Bench | Rent A Midget | Lawsuit Targets Anti-Aging Creams | Woman, 59, Admits She's Not Pregnant | Actual Headlines From 2004 | Turner Nudes Survived | 867-5309 | Tsunami Seen From a High-Rise | Trainspotting Simulator | Real Tsunami, Wrong Ocean | Cremaster Fanatic | Is Jim Morrison Alive? | The Legend of Midgetville | Confessions of a New York Escort
- 2004 December: Soldier Cutting Grass Found | Elvis Water Sells for $455 | A Christmas Ghost | Dog Food Rebranded as Gourmet Pate | Fart Bombs | Anonymous Lawyer | Christmas Lights Webcam Hoax | Imagine John Lennon Singing Pro-War Songs in Heaven | My Strangest Gift | Cheerleader Toss | Salvation Army Gold Coin Mystery | Prebirth Experiences | 10 Best Film Urban Legends | Alien Bacteria on eBay | Festivus | Coydogs | Case of the Phony Dawn | The Top Hoaxes of 2004 | Auto-Urine Therapy | Santa in the Manger | Duct Tape Bikes | Find Bailey | Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcakes | Port-O-Jet | The Hoax Paper Birds of Thailand | The Bat Creek Stone | Judge Auctioned on eBay | Emperor Norton Bridge | He's Still an Atheist | Carrie Devorah Responds | Overpriced Amazon Items | Self Selection of Diet by Infants | Wine Bottle Dimple Theory | You've Won A Bench | | Near Collision | The Leg Shocker | Angels Over DC | Yet Another Solution for the World's Power and Energy Needs | 1954 Home Computer Claims Victim | Imaginary Friends | Most Dubious News Stories | Mister Marbles | Meteorite Strike or Hoax? | End of World Causes Bank Failure | The ESP Game | Have You Forsaken Baby Jesus? | PhotoBlocker Spray | Ghost Cane Sold for $65,000 | How To Pick Up Women | Praise from the Guardian | Santa's Female Reindeer | ATM Dispenses Fake Cash | Fake Predictions Seized | Cluster Ballooning | Grandfather's Ghost on eBay | Jasper and the Yeast Rolls | BBC Falls for Bhopal Hoax | Bush Arrested in Canada | Crucified Santa | Aliens Made Me Do It | Do You Believe in Santa Claus? | In the Wake of Grilled Cheese Mary | Man Boobs Prank | Lava Lamp Explodes | Pertannually Insubdurient
- 2004 November: Yale to Harvard: You Suck | Victimless Leather | Tank Silencer | Cup Stacking | Marijuana at Target | Wing Women | Cannibalistic Cats | Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence | Crown Jewels on Display | UK Paperback Edition | Stunning Ingratitude of De Gaulle | Terminal Tours | Berners Street Redux | Notify of New Comments | Pepsi Spice Project | Rock Balancing | Surf Rage | Which Urban Legend Are You? | Is This Jaleel White? | Turkey Testicle Festival | America Looks Beyond | The Haiku of Big Gary C | Gnomes Escape from Gnome Peepshow | The Boston Superboy | Roving Ovines Return | Bottle Cap Hoax | Diplocaulus Found | Man Lifts Planes, Elephants | Seize The Day, Then Die | Faye Nicole San Juan | Superendowed Cheney | Lucina Sine Concubitu | Hometown Tales | The Church of Tom Jones | Club Med, Croatian-Style | How to Order Comments | Woman Breastfeeds Puppy | Virgin Mary Sandwich | Name Change for I-69 | Robotic Cockroaches | Dog in a Shell | Glow-in-the-Dark Deer | Phone Numbers on TV | Santa Rosa Institute | RoboDump | Weird Pillows | Kerry's T-Shirt | Win A Book, Contest #2 | John Titor and the Election of 2004 | New Anti-Spam Feature | Superendowed Children | Smoking In Cars Illegal | Boo Bee Juice Drink | Porcelain Doll Possessed by the Dead | Phone-Eating Dog | Were students suspended for wearing John Deere shirts? | Remote Control Hunting | Decomposition TV | Wolf Howls at Auroral Lights | Catproof Your Computer | Coca-Cola Fantasy Items | Branston Pickle Panic | New Member Registration | Too Much Spam | A Hand of Corn | Weird City Names | Woman Learns of Her Death in Iraq | Indecently Exposed Toothbrush | Girl Gets Her Ride Pimped, Then Carjacked | Coca-Cola As An Insecticide | Clooney's Anti-Bush Blog | Rectoscalar Wave | Human Taxidermy | Survive 9/11 | Coffin Racing | You Are Being Watched | Fidobag | Man Dies, No One Notices | A Visit from the Secret Service
- 2004 October: The Venus Flytrap Dionaea House | Dog Thong Flatulence Filter | Vanishing Hitchhiker on Mount St. Helens | Conman Makes Money Rain From Sky | Man Tries to Kill Wife to 'Save Marriage' | Hypo-Allergenic Cats | Lie Detector Watch | Killer Whale Meets Dog | Ananova Corrections | Who's Buried in Yeats' Grave? | iPod Socks | Joey the Midwife | Goths for Bush | Was the eBay Wedding Invitation Auction a Hoax? | Real-Life Truman Show | Halloween Banned As Offensive to Witches | 70-Year-Old Reservist Called Up to Serve | Ashlee Simpson Does a Milli Vanilli | Afro Ninja | Vote Cindy Brady | Man Sells Wife's Kidney | Before and After Makeup | Do Mobile Phones Make You Smarter? | The 77 Water Street Roof Runway | Foreskin Face Cream | Bee Update | Banana Straightener | Top 15 Most Bizarre Reasons for Calling in Sick | Extreme Kidnapping | Lost Pet Scam | O-Yes and Cherry OS, Real or Vaporware? | The Dream Machine | Coke vs. Pepsi | Shallow American Roads | The Center for Chihuahua Exploitation | Enslave New Zealand | Bees | Nick Nolte's Blog | Iraqi Urban legends | Sleep Sex | The Belly Button Plant | Slovakian Satire Reported as News | Marijuana Mobile | Eight-Legged Cat | Was Bob Heironimus Bigfoot? | Cow Manure Tossing | Enormous Wave Video | Elite Designers Against IKEA | Martha Serving | Irish Ghost in a Bottle | Book Contest Winners | Soldier in Iraq Cuts the Grass | Eerie Ghost Video | Safe and Secure | Gullibility Quiz | Fake Maoists | Runaway Car | The Perfect Moment | Red Derby Horse Meat Burgers | Gay Penguin for America | I'd like a McConfession with Cheese | Britney's Wedding Night Skivvies | Game Show Sting | Stupid Counterfeiters | Someone Else's Hoax Photo Test | The Michigan Absentee Ballot | False Alert | Simpsons House Hoax | Weird Amazon Reviews | Water From Air | Win a Free Book
- 2004 September: Ostrich Skiing | Hoax and Virus Card Game | The Fake Tan Debate | Child Art Prodigy | Pregnant Men | Dining in the Dark | Fetal Footprint | Was That An Earthquake? | Seal-Hunting Tourism | The Free Church of Country Sports | Fast for George W. | Truthful Phone Message | The Childhood Goat Trauma Foundation | Anne Rice on Amazon | Breast-Enlarging Ringtones | Office Pranks | Flashing Fonts | Express Mode in Elevators | CBS and the Bush Memos | Double-Sided Laptop Display | Back Home | Loch Ness Monster Seen? | Vacation Time | Eye Squirting | 90-Foot Babe | Unmanned Mission? | Save Bernd | Lonely Hearts Scam | Are You Superstitious? | Gross Prank | Britney Spears Used Chewing Gum | Dog Gives Birth to Kitten | The Hibbing Monster | Operation Mincemeat
- 2004 August: An Email from National Geographic | Snake Wine | Freezing Plastic Water Bottles | Hogzilla Festival | Child Pimp & Ho Costumes | Public Domain Time Travel | Crop Circle Beer | Loch Ness Air | British Gamers Prefer Virtual Girls | JDate Personal Ads | The Mysterious Cabbit | Maiden Rock | Mineralarians | Quentin Tarantino's Weblog | Reporter Request | Life With Skippy | Transformers Comic Book Predicted 9/11 | Virgin Sacrifice at Loch Ness | Time Travel Mutual Fund | Hoax Forum RSS Feed | Fake LiveJournal Deaths | Animal Psychics | The It-Was-My-Twin-Sister Excuse | Fake Mathematical Proofs | Dolphins Approaching | Irish Personal Ads | Prozac in the Water? | The Human Magnet | Gorilla Prank | Paper Napkin Rejection Service | 1912 Olympics Lost Runner | William Hung Not Dead Yet | Arnie Cakes | British Miracle Babies | Dear Leader's Weblog | Tunguska UFO Hoax? | Brick Prank | Where to Stay in Athens | Some Unusual Online Stores | Anti-Radiation Scarf | Jydsk Atomic Power | UFO Attracting Device | Xenomorphological Research Institute | South Africa Hasn't Cancelled Christmas | Fake Onsen Scandal | The Secret History of the Flying Carpet | Devirginize Marc | Hoax Execution and ABC News | Advanced Rutabaga Studies Institute | Saddles for REAL MEN! | Escape-a-Date | Boyfriend Arm Pillow | Fake Terrorism Drill | Miss Plastic Surgery | Thatcher Isn't Dead | Longshot Presidential Candidates | HRM Caesar St. Augustine de Buonaparte | California As An Island | Phony Sold Signs | Frisbee Animals | Return of the Jedi: New Ending | Rance Update |
| Weird Subscription Services | Inscription One: Real or Fake?
- 2004 July: Wireless iPod | Clubbo.com | Manchurian Global | Preparing for Emergencies | NYTimes Photo Shoot Outtakes | Hogzilla | New York Times Story | PayPal Class Action Suit | Butt Candles | Fake Washing Suds | Using Cellphones During Thunder Storms | Nude Photos Required to Enter Canada | Expensive Counterfeits | Become a Minister | Egging | Guy Falling Off Bike | Phony Honor Killing? | Sperm Race TV | Fruit Salad Trees | Cruise Missile For Sale | BlondeStar | Faking AIDS | Swedish Anti-Smoking Campaign | International Jewish Conspiracy | Misleading URLs | Baldwinization | Catwoman Beneath the Costume | Blood Food | Killer Phone Calls | Blairwitching and the Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan | Extreme Sport: Meat-Hook Dangling | Be A Celeb | Chicken Foot | Terror in the Skies | Some Terror and War Related Hoaxes | The Plucking Rainbow Orgy | Who is Mr. Six? | Big Corn | Viagraholics Anonymous | Worst Named Bus | Outsource Your Own Job | Hoax Industries Enoon Car | Water-Fueled Car | Fake Eunuchs Run Amok | Give a Kidney for Christ | Car Filled with Gum Prank | Site Update | Finland Fanny Bus | Naomi V. Jelish and other Nonexistent Artists | Fight Club, The Musical | A Real 'What Is It?'
- 2004 June: Gay Fuel Energy Drink | Origin of the Bill Gates Email Hoax | Green Sweat | DVD Rewinder | Bus Shelter Prank | DNA Activation | How to Build a Time Machine | Internet For Sale | Fastest Man in Japan | Plain Layne is Odin Soli | Ball-Swallowing Catfish | The Woman Who Gave Birth to a Frog | Future NBA Star Chimezie Kudu | StunStrike Stun Gun: Hoax or Not? | Clueless Childless Couple Follow-Up | To Hermione on her 18th Birthday | Rasputin's Penis: Hoax or Not? | Christmas Party Prank Gone Awry | The Old Fake-Wife Scam | Postcards for Mom | Real or Fake? - Running Kilts | Intergalactic Personal Ads | Fresh Frozen French Fries | The Joice Heth/Stepford Wives Connection | The Journal of Liwwat Bocke | Alien Abductions Incorporated | Victoria's Disturbing Secret | Weblog of Ripley the Cat | | Penis-Melting Zionist Robot Combs | Cult of the New Eve | Birdman Weapons Systems | Protection Package Senior Prank | The Long Fall of Jan Hendrik Schon | Walk and Talk Hoax Caller | Siamese Pike | Society for the Protection of Plants | The Power of Prayer | Hoax Warning | Riemann Hypothesis Proven or Hoax? | Terror Email Hoax | Really Unfortunate Last Names | Rogue Art at the Met | A Cat Named Killer | Ass-Kicking Sheriff | Airplane in Troy | Senior Prank Time | Fluids for Christ | More Weird Clouds | Bizarre Clouds | Jesus Christ Online Pharmacy | Citizens for a Murder-Free America | Impact in June | Fake Cop with Guard Sheep | Woman Performs C-Section, on herself |
| Eric Bruderton | Meteor Hoax | Fake Road Rage Takes Turn for the Worse | Seance Hoax | Watching Paint Dry | Ass-vertising | Second Thoughts About Rance | Unfortunate URLs | Turn Your Dog Into a Sweater | Who is Rance?
- 2004 May: Do Bakery Products Contain Human Hair? | Is David Hasselhoff Making a Rap Album? | Penguin Warehouse | The Teleparanormalphone | Hunting for Bambi Officially a Hoax | Hebrew Beer | Amazon Wish Lists | Has Microsoft translated the Iliad into Messenger Speak? | Crappy Dialup | Christian Debt Removers | Paranormal Potato Chip Gallery | Has Rumsfeld Banned Camera Phones in Iraq? | Spanking and the Christian Parent | 4-Wheel Segway Coming Soon | Get GodStopper | Emily Chesley Reading Circle | A Few Nonexistent Places | Clueless Childless Couple | Ian Hislop Mania | Boycott Gillette | Motorcycle Trip Through Chernobyl | UPS Uniform Hoax | Computer Grading? | Unfortunate Last Names | Ex-Wife's Knickers | Cicada Facts | Horse and Hound Humor | BirdTyping | Recreated Ark of the Covenant | Cicada Cash | Bush is Lord | The Nullarbor Nymph | The Knee Trumpet | Andy Has Returned... And He's Got A Weblog | American Idol Scandal | Five Hoaxes that Fooled the British Media | Brutally Honest Personals | Where's Andy? | What Badgers Eat | Way of the Master | The Colonel and The Ketchup | Daily Mirror Hoaxed | Bush-Voter-IQ Hoax Rears Its Head Again? | Lady Heather | Allied Chemical | Strunkenwhite or Pluperfect Virus Hoax | Fake Bullet Holes | New World Radio | Britney Spears Naked? | Giant Skeleton Unearthed | The Mystery of Polybius | Don Fulci, Terrorist Mastermind | Bush-Voters-Have-Lower-IQs Hoax Runs its Course | LifeGem | Abu Ghraib Prison Fantasy Camp | The Truth About Loch Ness | Swiffer Wet Jet Pet Rumor | Saudi Princess from Buffalo | Ideltech | Night-Vision Contact Lenses | Draft Registration | Bush Voters Have Lower IQs, Update | Fake Battle, Fake Casualties | Get That Degree You Want, Now | Diapers for Cats | Anti Mosquito Software | Angel Soft Baby With Gaping Wound | Lion on the Loose in Gahanna? | Just Say No to the Whizzinator | The Lavender iPod | Invest In My Breast | Brief Safes, Faux Skid Marks | Alien Implant Removal | Bush Voters Have Lower IQs | Little-Known Attractions of Lynchburg Virginia | Pets By Mail | Micah Wright, Pseudo Army Ranger | Updates from the War Against Terror | Steve Bedrosian, Website Hoaxer
- 2004 April: Wedding Dress Guy | Not Cook | Dumb, or Just Playing Dumb? | Stephen Hawking is on the Mic | Operation Take One for the Country | Hot Abercrombie Chick Mystery Solved, Probably | American Merkin Company | Will Andy Kaufman Return? | Job Scam With Strippers | Soldier Picture Follow-Up | Afterlife Publicity | Michael Vick Isn't Gay | Tax Refund for a Princess | Hitler Diary sold | Katz, Cohen & Phelps | Taiwan's Fake Election Results | Will the real Ella Schultz please stand up? | Overhauled the Site | Fake Marriages Legally Binding | Banana Guard | Who is the Hot Abercrombie Chick? | Spacey's Faux Mugging | The Way Things Were: Overpriced Web Host | The Rogue Employee Tin | Shroud of Turin | Virtual Trader | Ground Control to Major Abacha Tunde | Celebrity Look-Alikes | Hot Furniture-on-Furniture Action | Jackson isn't dead, nor is he touring Namibia | Michael Jackson Isn't Dead | Paris Hilton's Pubic Hair | Million-Dollar Phone Number | Japanese Magnetic Fan | Soldier Guy | Demi Moore's Wedding Dress Browns | Fake Tax Returns | Godsend Institute, and other movie sites | Real Pictures, False Memories | Four-Eyed Kitten | New Retirement Plan | Reality TV is Rigged | EU bans dangerous jellies | Fake Abductions More Common Than Most People Realize | Weeping Mary Returns | New Zealand Rapper MC Emu | Fingers in Eyes | Is this Baby Jessica? | ID Sniper Rifle | Paranormal Photo Hoax Contest | Bimpco | Online Tanning Salon | Imaginary Mail-Order Brides | Scary Spiders | The Lavabrator | Eyeball jewelry | Woman Killed by Frozen Urine | Make up a bollex fact | Best and Worst April Fools, 2004 | Fake Vacation Photo Generator | Did Lynne Cheney really write a racy novel in her youth? | Born to be Wild | Stories that sound like jokes, but aren't | Thorax Cake | April Fool's Day Roundup | TV on your Mobile | Opening Belch | New Atlantic Tunnel | ThinkGeek Hunger Eliminator | BMW Offers New Way to Cook | Google Copernicus Center
- 2004 March: Google Launches Gmail | iPod Muggings | BBC Ducks the Issue | WiFi - SM | Christian Science Monitor: Historic Hoaxes | Wired = Overloaded Server | Fake Vermeer was the Real Thing | Restaurant Strip-Search Hoax | More Spam on April 1st | April Fool's Day Survey | The Mini Cooper Autonomous Robot | You Make Me Feel Like Gancing | Fake pregnancy | Belle de Jour Commentary | Yo, God! | Dragon Hoax Was a Hoax | Glass and Blair: Together At Last | ChatNannies Last All Summer Long | Egg Prank | Actor Wanted, Preferably Dead | Museum of Hoaxes RSS Feed | Hate Crime or Hoax Crime? | Naked Redux | Post-It Prank | Coffee Pot Ghost | Coalition to Promote the Use of Child Soldiers | Mystery of the Three-Headed Frog | Trapped By Zombies | Who is Belle de Jour? | Ice-Cream Potatoes, and other food pranks | Black SpongeBob | Lazy Guide to Net Culture | The X-Files of Music | Mobile Phone Birth Control | Ted Jesus Christ GOD | Panama City, 1989. NBC Phone Hoax | New Homepage Design | Fake Reporters | Feline Bewilderment | The JFK-Marilyn Monroe Correspondence | The Real Bobby Mason | Dihydrogen Monoxide Claims A Victim | Peppered Moth Evolution Kit | Breast Pillows | Photography and Photoshop |
| Kingdom Hospital | Boyfriend Marker | Fake Sick Days | Fake Background Noise | Scottish Castle For Sale, Again | Million Dollar Bill | Dear Abby meets the Simpsons | Bigfoot: the controversy continues | Coke Can with Spirits | The Church of Beer | Transgenic, hair-growing plants | David Manning Update | Garden Ornaments Mystery | The Great Doughnut Hoax | Church of SpongeBob Squarepants | I Can Still Tell Your Wife, Bill |
| Bad California Weather | Push Button for Walk Signal
- 2004 February: Lies, Damned Lies, and Photography | Imaginary Girlfriends | Is John Edward a fake? | Harrods vs. the Wall Street Journal | Muse Magazine | The Irish Virus hoax | The Milton Mule and Henry Bull | Sham-paign Contest | How to be an economics expert (even if you know nothing about economics) | Princess Juliana Airport | Why you should not feed your cat table scraps | Sun Tunnels for Sale | 867-5309 | Hanoi John, Part II | Hanoi John | Brains for Zombies | Something tragic will go to happen... | Telephone Liars vs. Email Liars | Glencullen University | Clone Number Six | The Love Lump | Liver of George Best | Mountain Lion Email Hoax | PC | Decomposition Cam | The Girl With X-Ray Eyes | Imaginary eBay Girlfriends | Get a text message from Jesus | Rewind Your DVDs | Cannabis Window | Superbowl Overexposure | Shards O' Glass | Tall-Tale Aviation Photo | Hot Noodz | The Jesus Pizza Project
- 2004 January: Upgrading the Weblog |
| Buy Land on the Sun | Butt-Skirts Become Real | Eat Babies | The Almost Great Dragon Hoax | Caravaners Revolt | The Fake Death of Andy Kaufman | The American Indian Dog Hoax | Cheese Racing | Cheesy Jesus | Winston Churchill's Parrot | Mexican Ghost | Suspicious Soy Sauce | Voyage of Hollow Earth Discovery | RYT Hospital |
| My Pet Fat | How Much For That State? | Reporter in Trouble | Phantom is not a Hoax | I See Jesus | Floral Sculpture Clinic | The Indian Rope Trick | Flatulent Technologies | Kensington Runestone | Real Dog | The Commissar Vanishes | Fake UFO Photos | Mokele-Mbembe | Majestic Twelve | Haggis Hunt | Where Is My Gnome, Part 2 | Foil Prank | Office Prank | Mario 3 Time Attack Video | Go Lamers | Philanderers International | Taliban Reunited | Vixen Love | Jim Morrison | Fake Sick Days | Fake Soccer Team | Memory Erasure | Blow Up the Moon | Bank of England Email Hoax | The Michigan Relics
- 2003 December: The Land of Molvania | The Sasquatch Militia | Friends of Silver Lake | Where Is My Gnome | The Death Clock | Hampton Court Ghost | MIT Honors the Wright Brothers | Tall-Tale Postcards | Record-Breaking Snowflake | Vindication for Man Will Never Fly Society | Diet Holy Water | Garden Gnomes Under Threat | Saddam Claus | Columbine Paintball | Manned Flight is a Hoax | Death by Lizards | LordCo Centre | The Pizza Delivery Prank | Bad Santa | Bum-Breathing Turtles | New Stealth Bomber | Fame | Nigerian Navy Recruitment Scam | Fake Cop | Plastic Turkeys and Ploughman Lunches | Servonet | Fake Sheik | Antebellum Island | Trophy Turkey | Princess Caraboo | Does Santa Exist? | He casts a long shadow
- 2003 November: Self Arrest Form | MJ and JR News |
| State Seal of Kahlifoania | Art Forgery | Sea Urchins Live Forever | The Great Octopus Mystery | Piltdown Man | Michael Jackson, the jokes have begun | The Jedi Religion | Hitler Hoaxes | The Great Chili Scandal | What Brand Are You? | Howard Dean Confederacy Posters | The Naked Chef | Catch Him If You Can | Science Hoaxes | Were there 2 Piltdown Hoaxers? |
| Not our governor, he just looks like him | Bigfoot Movie | Fake Lawyer | Piltdown Man on TV | Cheating Scum | Hi-Brazil | Real Sheep | Gas Be Gone | Mental Floss and Talk of the Nation | New Hoax Photo Tests | Nigerian Email Conference | Ray Charles | British Giant Rabbits | My Son Peter | Hold the Button | Plug n Pray | Worlds busiest hoax caller | NCSU Fellatio-Breast Cancer Study | Happy 50th Birthday, Piltdown Man! | No Joke. It's a Robbery! | Lucky | Student Prank Goes Bad | Is The Blood Red Water Real?
- 2003 October: Fecal Tongs | The 1938 Panic Broadcast Revisited | Student Seeking Help | Fire Scene | Plane Meets Truck | Vampire Sites | Talk of the Nation | San Diego Fire | Mint Rubbing | How to Ride a Broomstick | AMD Crop Circles | Apple Promotes Ancient Greek | Pareidolia Collection | Marry Your Pet | Clooney Gets Kaycee Nicoled | Pool Shark | Jesus Face | Urine Prank | Raeling Cloning Hoax, One Year Later | Mother Teresa Hoax | Johann Dieter Wassmann | Russian Roulette TV | Male Lactation
- 2003 September: Hell on Earth's Suicide Stunt | No Marriage | Fake Car Crashes | Batmobile | Polite Practical Jokers | Skyhigh Airlines | Stu Magazine | Primate Programming | Across Loch Ness | Single Black Female Looking for Love | George Plimpton (1927-2003) | Mickey Mouse Goes to University | Edible Outdoor Gear | The Collect-Trash-for-Charity Hoax | The Truth About the Abominable Snowman | The Nature of Reality | Beta-7 and Sega ESPN NFL Football | Joseph Papp and his Submarine | Laze's Diet System | Black People Love Us | Rent-a-Negro | Think of the Children | Mankato, Minnesota | Burmese Mountain Dogs | Reemco | Two Towers Protest | New Rotterdam | Ben 'n Jen Marriage Ruse | The True Meaning of Des Moines | Practical Joke Six Years in the Making | CIA Tricks of the Trade | Jesus Freakin | An Email from Mystic Merlin | Indian Ghost, Part II | Diploma Mill | Lake Michigan Whale Watching | Flag-o-Rama | Real Hamster | | The Penguin Conspiracy | What is Victoria's Secret | Moscow Subway Metrocam | First Genetics | Yoga Kitty | Black-Market Babies | Hurricane Isabel? | Indian Ghost Hoax | Ninja Burger | Origami Boulders | Dehydrated Water | Baby Smashers | Eggs As Caviar | Free Electricity | Hoax Website: Home Despot | Prank-Themed Beers | Hoax-Themed Board Games | More about that guy and the bus | Another 9/11 Hoax | Bone-Sniffing Dog | Tattoo Medical Alerts | 9/11 Hoax on LiveJournal | $200 George Bush Bills | Playing Chicken with a Bus | Cough CPR Update | Staged Bloopers | Neck-Bomb Hoaxer | Don't Get Back into Your Car While Refueling | A Fake McCoy | Cardiff Giant | Will coughing help ease a heart attack? | The Hoaxing of Margaret Mead | More about Google Ads | SciFi Happens | Google Ads | Holotouch.com | Body Modification Hoaxes | Munchkin Hoax | We Want Your Soul! | How to Lie with Statistics | Fake Names on Air Canada | Munchkin, the Monster Cat | Air Force Hoax | Quacks Do Echo | Literary Hoaxes | Fraud in Other Words | Soy Circles | Crime Never Pays | Bone Hoax | Crocodile Warning | Indian Head Appears | Would You Have Invested? | The Real East Coast Blackout
- 2003 August: Elk Bath Picture | The Phantom Game Console | Vote for the Vampire | A Real What Is It? | Thing in the Solar Light | Lapdance Island | Blackout Photo Hoax | The Real Reason for the Blackout | Black Market Babies | Is that food real or plastic? | More eBay Auctions | Inner Peace |
| The Crop Circle/Beer Connection | Ring of Saturn for Sale | Is Peter Lynds a Hoax? | Fake Friendsters | Mold Dogs | Hotmail Hoax | Tourist Flights to Mars | To Serve Rabbit | Terry Tate for Governor | Baron Munchausen Trading Cards | Outhouse Springs Water | The Cesky Sen Hypermarket | When I do not know if it is a hoax or not | Air Guitar For Sale | They Captured ET | Gollum for Governor | Cherie Blair Dance Hit | Win Toilet Paper | Buy Land on the Moon | More about the Time Traveler | How Californias recall election can erase the states deficit | Too Skinny? | Of Foxes, Turtles, and Ham | Crop Circle | More About the Mystery Time Traveler | Fake Vacations | Van Gogh Caught on Film | Beware of Lirf Loopa | Of Mice and Metallica | Paul Is Dead | Genuine Holy Water from Lourdes | The Death of Joey Skaggs | Is Popeface a hoax? | Time Traveler Needs Help | Meat Shakes
- 2003 | July: A Fake at the Smithsonian | Long-Lost Daughter Hoax | Old School Hoax | Hunting for Bambi | The Great See ID Credit Card Hoax | Bigfoot Symposium | Walled Cats | Nessie News | 911 Survivor a Hoax? | Burning Man Hoax | Fake Goyas | Carl Lewis Isn't Dead | My Life as a Fake | Fake Website Scam Warning | The Naked Chef | Ern Malley Copyright | Hunting for Bambi (hopefully final update) | Jayson Blair Redux | Daria Movie Rumor Page | Not What You Expect |
| Kylie Kidnapping | Sucker Day Cancelled | Hunting for Bambi Update | Absolution Online | Master of the Unexplained | Why do we believe in crop circles? | Death of a Con Artist | The art of disinformation | Hooty Corp. | More about Hunting for Bambi | Metallica Lawsuit Hoax | Nessie Fossil | Hunting for Bambi | Hunt for the Yeti | Popeface | What lurks beneath | Antennalopes | The Lake Tianchi Monster | The Life and Death of Eric Gordon | Phone Prank | | San Diego Faux History | The Secret of Drive-In Theaters | A Vermont Wedding | Crop Circles | Superman Vanishes | An Irish Life | Eurorest is a scam | Whale Watching in the Midwest | Olde Frothingslosh Pale Stale Ale | Heineken Hoax Campaign | Missing Stories at New York Times | Puppy Love | Baby Ink Perpetrators Found | The Mystery of Splat Solved | The Anniversary of Roswell | Tattoos for Kids | Carl Spangler | Defacers Challenge | Cassius Clay and the Phantom Punch | Who is the real Saddam Hussein? | Perpetual Motion Machine | Happy Birthday, P.T. Barnum! | The Taughannock Giant | If you hear a baby crying... Don't Open the Door | Woman stalks herself | Mysterious Blobs | The case of the non-existent child | The Hacker Challenge | Crop Circles | It's Jackalope Hunting Season | National Blonde Day
- 2003 June: A con gone wrong | Public Service Announcement: Hoax Email | The Hitler Diaries | Hoaxes from the Philippines | Utah town celebrates Viking origin | Bigfoot Fingerprints | Tasaday Revisited | Would you hire this man? | Princess Caraboo Parking Lot | Virgin Mary in a Chimney | Send Steve a Gift | Classes Cancelled for Green Beer Day | Fake Doctor Notes (are not available here) | Great Wall of China Hoax | Sea Serpent Sighting | Don't Forward This Email | Sultaana Freeman | Balloons in Space | Disumbrationist Art | Powergen Italia | Joseph Papp | Alternative 3 | Dolphin Sex |
| Wimbledon Common Grand Military Review | Misleading Ad | Virgin Mary in Hospital Window | Beer for the Homeless, More Info | Poland Spring Water | Beer for the Homeless Response | Big Roosters | Czar of the Bizarre | Mein Kampf Sequel | Castro Radio Prank | High-School Pranks | Brother of Jesus | Public Credit Reports | No Sex Change for Toto | British Airways Hoax | Virgin Mary in Window | Journalistic Integrity | Fake Ghost Photos | Roswell Declassified | Big Plane | Usability Limited | Al-Gebra Terrorist | Fake Sale Prices | Loch Ness Monster and the Witch | Fake Fags | Mainline Airways | Manitoba Home Security | McDonald | Nonprofitabletech | Julia Roberts on Redbook | P4 Laptop | Ghost in a Jar | Beckham Kidnap Plot | Ern Malley | Epidemic of Lying | Yehoash Tablet | Sputnik on eBay | Damion Hall Not Dead | Lie Detectors | This is not a calculator | Believing in Fargo | Princess Caraboo Portrait | Miskatonic University | Spoof Ads | Touristguy Video Footage | Mail-Order Husbands | Another Moon Hoax | The Loch Ness Mall | Dog Island | Unreliable Facts | Fraud in other words | King Bloop Zod of Mars | Comical Ali | The Unknown Man | Cow Tipping | Stone Age Tasaday | Rescue of Jessica Lynch | Laramie Kid Hoax | The Kingdom of Mombessa | Electric Kite Hoax
- 2003 May: The French Rockefeller | Reviewing Stephen Glass | Goat-Gland Brinkley | Hoaxes, Myths, and Manias | Finger-Lickin | Nigerian Email Conference | iLoo Not a Hoax | Microsoft iLoo Diagram | Microsoft iLoo
- 2003 January: Push-Button Bugles | The Solomon Stone | FBI chases fake terrorists | Chavez Tricked | Clonaid
- 2002 October: Applebees e-mail hoax | Nigerian Bank Scam Sendup | More on the Reverse Sokal Hoax | Reverse Sokal Hoax | Fake Bank Website | Fake Ticker Tape Parade | Blue Peter Chain Letter | Henry Raddick, Amazon Reviewer | WHO Blonde Report | Streisand and Shakespeare | Kevin Mitnick
- 2002 September: Scientific Fraud at Bell Labs | Bush Learns to Read | The Celebrated Ceramic Toad of Osaka | Saddam Hussein Doubles | Optical Illusion | Bigfoot Conference | The Mystery of Idaho | Kew Garden Crop Circle | Abduction prank | John Myatt, forger | Email riot | Terrorism Hoaxes | Crop Circle Creators Confess | Weeping Mary | Fake Abductions | Inventing Experts | Fake Tourists Catch Cheats | Crop Circle Analysis | Fake abduction | Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo | Rejection Hotline, II | Rejection Hotline | Street Scams | Crop Circles: Quest for Truth | Push, Nevada | Crocodile Hoaxes | Fake Psychic | TV Fakes | Simonya Popova | A credit to the human spirit | Shoe Corner | Fake Lithuanian Cops | Little Tree | The Great Potato Play of August 31, 1987 | Should Nessie Be Exploited? | Michael Gambino Pellegrino | The Great Potato Stunt
- 2002 August: Crop Circle Prank | Rattlesnakes Introduced to Wisconsin | RIAA Hacked | Ayleeorgnet | Terrorist Funny Money | Fake Paraplegic | Australian Jedis | Securities Fraud | Mock Weddings II | No Coke after Aug. 31st | The Lawton Triangle Hoax | Britney Spears Phone Prank | South African Con | Subliminal Advertising in Russia | Mock Weddings | The Shroud of Turin | Simone | Another Hoax (or trick) website | Good Samaritan Fooled | Rudolph Fentz and Time Travel | Is it a dog, or is it dinner? | Get your villains here | Extreme Homework Avoidance | McDonald | US News & World Report and the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 | Duct Tape Prankster | NZ Electoral Pranks | 9/11 Fakes | I Am Turok | Tech TV, USN&WR | Sham Economic Forum | Prof. Higgins | The Asian Prince | Medical Imposters | Betting Strategy | History of Crop Circles | The Case of the Keyspan Ad | South Sea Bubble | The Illusion of Entertainment | Advertising Gone Awry | The Crying Indian | The Hunt For Zero Point | Get Paid Driving | Paranormal Hoaxes | Guerrilla Marketing | Aug 2002: Top computer hoaxes
- 2002 July: The Poet and the Murderer |
| Signs Renews Interest | Legal Urban Legends | The Hitler Diaries | Signs, Crop Circles | The Cardiff Giant | NPR Funding Hoax | UFO Sightings | What separates skeptics from believers | Naperville Crop Circle | Web Site of Supernatural Activity | Wacky Postcards | Remembering Naked Came the Stranger | Fake Romanian Soccer Team | Fake 9/11 Heroics | Online Liars | Should it be called palmistry or buttistry? | Ghostwriting | Return of the Monkey Man | Mortimer Menpes | Bogus Yellow Pages | Cheney Cracks Down | Fake Lettuce | Loopholes in 2nd Law of Thermodynamics | Your Digital Buddy Pirate | Digital Buddies | The Nigerian Bank Scam | Interview with a Nigerian Bank Scammer | Crop Circle Movie | Unusual Bomb Hoax | Dino Bird | Museum of Forgery | Hacking is most often an inside job | Fake Elements | Dr. Pepper Pledge of Allegiance | Quarter-stealing Bird | USA Today Hacked | Sisters Switch Places | CDC Website | Robbers Are Liars | Mud-Wrestling Neighbor | Cow Urine Cures AIDS | Antiques Roadshow | Ancient Skull | Museum of Car Theft | Crop Circle | Time Travel Mutual Fund | Barry Minkow | Thin line between fact and fiction | Stephen Glass | Imperial Misunderstanding | Brian MacKinnon | Piltdown Man Redux | Presidential Candidates | Fake Euros fool shoppers | P.T. Barnum
Das lat. "sic!" = "so", "ebenso", "wirklich so!" wird benutzt, um auf "falsche oder missverständliche Zitate" hinzuweisen. In manchen Texten erscheint es auch, als "erweitertes Ausrufezeichen", um auf besondere Textstellen hinzuweisen.
The Latin term "sic" is used to indicate that something written is intentionally left in the original form, which may be incorrect.
Example: She wrote, "They made there [sic] beds."
Die Wurzel ist ide. "*so-" = "this", "that" = "dies", "das".
Als Abkürzung kann "sic", "SIC", "S.I.C." für "specific inductive capacitance" oder auch für "Standard Industrial Classification" stehen.
Einige Webseiten im Netz tragen "Sic" als Überschrift für Sammlungen (sprachlicher) Kuriositäten. Eine davon ist "Verbatim - The Language Quarterly".
SIC! SIC! SIC! is a regular feature of every issue, in which we rely on readers to send us funny errors made in (thank goodness) other publications. (And those on signs, in form letters, etc., etc. We're capable of finding the funny errors in our own publication without help!) If you find a howler that you'd like to share, send it to either mailing address below or click here.
Die 77-seitige Sammlung von (sprachlichen) Fehlern enthält einige interessante Zitate aus Publikationen. Allerdings muss ich gestehen, dass ich bei vielen Beiträgen die Problematik nicht erkennen kann. Aber für Leser, die die englische Sprache gut beherrschen und die US-amerikanische Kultur besser kennen, dürften sich einige Aha-Effekte einstellen.
Etymologische Beiträge konnte ich jedoch keine entdecken.
Ein paar der Beispiele, die ich verstanden habe:
"See where the Pilgrims landed by bus." - Da hatten die ersten Siedler sicherlich eine anstrengende Busreise hinter sich, als Sie die amerikanische Küste erreichten.
"Berliner Park is the biggest park of its size in Central Ohio." - Es ist sicherlich schwierig, einen grösseren Park mit der gleichen Fläche zu finden - und dann auch noch ebenfalls mitten in Ohio.
"We consider pornography to be a public problem, and we feel it is an issue that demands a second look." - Da schaut man doch gerne genauer hin.
"Asked about social needs, Burdette said, 'Our safety net has a lot of holes in it.'" - Das haben Netze nun 'mal so an sich, auch wenn ich denke, dass das soziale Netz in den USA wirklich viele Löcher hat.
"We're going to pay now, or pay later. Now, we're paying later." - Will er nun wirklich später oder später gleich bezahlen?
"The Southeastern Georgia Alzheimer's Chapter presents a dinner cabaret, "A Night to Remember'" - Nun ja, ein schlechtes Gedächtnis hilft auch über vieles hinweg.
"There'll be plenty to eat: hot dogs, hamburgers, children under twelve, only a dollar." - Na denn guten Appetit.
"'No one expected it to be that high, but it's lower than what we expected,' ...". - Ja, auch die Erwartungen unterliegen einem ständigen Auf und Ab.
spelling bee, bee
Was macht die Buchstabierbiene? (W1)
Das Logo des seit 1925 jährlich durchgeführten Buchstabierwettbewerbs in den USA spielt bewusst auf die fleissige Biene an. Aber der Ursprung des Wortes hat nichts mit dem Honigsammler zu tun. Jedenfalls bedeutet dieses amerikanische "bee" etwa "Nachbarschaftshilfe", "Nähkränzchen" und seit 1925 nahm es auch die Bedeutung von "Wettbewerb" im Besonderen und im Allgemeinen an.
Ursprünglich bezeichnete es die gegenseitige Hilfe in den Pionierzeiten Amerikas. Dabei ging es um Nähen oder sonstige gemeinsam ausführbare Hausarbeiten, aber auch insbesondere um Erntehilfe, bei der man innerhalb kurzer Zeit eine allein nicht zu bewältigende Arbeit vollbringen musste. Für das Jahr 1769 ist der Begriff "spinning bee" nachweisbar, im Jahr 1816 "husking bee" (wobei es vermutlich ums (gesellige) Maisschälen ging), 1827 "apple bee" und 1836 "logging bee". Mit der Zeit wurde es zunehmend im Sinne einer geselligen Zusammnkunft verstanden. Dabei kam es dann makabrerweise auch zu "hanging bee" (1873) und "lynching bee" (1879).
Nachdem das Buchstabieren der (auch sprachlich) zusammenwachsenden Nation im 19. Jh. zu einer Art Volkssport wurde (auf Basis eines Werks von "Noah Webster") erschien auch der Begriff "Spelling bee" 1875 zum ersten mal gedruckt. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatten die amerikanischen Zeitungen das Thema "Buchstabieren" aufgegriffen. Da das ursprüngliche "bee" schon in Vergessenheit geriet bezog man es schon auf die fleissige Biene. Erst spätere Nachforschungen förderten wieder das alte engl. "bee" zu Tage. Dabei ist bis heute nicht ganz geklärt, wo dieses herkommt.
Als Bezug vermutet man ein mengl. "bene" = "prayer" = "Andacht", "favor" = "Begünstigung". Damit höngt es mit dem noch zu findenden engl. "boon" = "Wohltat", "Segen", "Gefälligkeit" zusammen. Varianten davon sind engl. "been", "bean" = "voluntary help given by neighbors toward the accomplishment of a particular task".
Das amerik. "spelling bee" bedeutet also etwa "gemeinsames Buchstabieren zur gegenseitigen Stärkung der Sprachkompetenz".
Michael Quinion, der "weltweit Worten" nachspürt, führt noch weitere Beispiele für "bees" an:
There were many sorts of "bees" during the year. Several acquired their own fixed and standard names, such as "apple-bee" (picking and storing apples), "paring-bee" (peeling apples), "husking-bee" (husking ears of corn, later also a shucking bee or a corn-shucking bee), "knitting bee", "quilting-bee", and "raising-bee" (for barn raisings). These start to appear in print from the 1820s and are common by the middle of the century. Others handled sheep shearing, haymaking, threshing corn, and spinning wool.
Auf der "spellingbee-Site" kann man unter anderm erfahren:
The National Spelling Bee was launched by the Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal in 1925. With competitions, cash prizes, and a trip to the nation's capital, it was hoped the Bee would stimulate "general interest among pupils in a dull subject.” The Scripps Howard News Service took over the Bee in 1941. Over the years the national finals have grown from a mere 9 contestants to about 270. In 2005, 13-year-old Poway, Calif., eighth-grader Anurag Kashyap took home more than $28,000 in cash and prizes for correctly spelling appoggiatura. Here are the winning words that made past spellers into national champions.
Und bei "infoplease" kann man die Liste der Favoriten seit 1925 finden:
1925 gladiolus | 1926 abrogate | 1927 luxuriance | 1928 albumen | 1929 asceticism | 1930 fracas | 1931 foulard | 1932 knack | 1933 propitiatory | 1934 deteriorating | 1935 intelligible | 1936 interning | 1937 promiscuous | 1938 sanitarium | 1939 canonical | 1940 therapy | 1941 initials | 1942 sacrilegious | 1943 NO BEE | 1944 NO BEE | 1945 NO BEE | 1946 semaphore | 1947 chlorophyll | 1948 psychiatry | 1949 dulcimer | 1950 haruspex | 1951 insouciant | 1952 vignette | 1953 soubrette | 1954 transept | 1955 custaceology | 1956 condominium | 1958 syllepsis | 1959 cacolet | 1960 troche | 1961 smaragdine | 1962 esquamulose | 1963 equipage | 1964 sycophant | 1965 eczema | 1966 ratoon | 1967 chihuahua | 1968 abalone | 1969 interlocutory | 1970 croissant | 1971 shalloon | 1972 macerate | 1973 vouchsafe | 1974 hydrophyte | 1975 incisor | 1976 narcolepsy | 1977 cambist | 1978 deification | 1979 maculature | 1980 elucubrate | 1981 sarcophagus | 1982 psoriasis | 1983 Purim | 1984 luge | 1985 milieu | 1986 odontalgia | 1987 staphylococci | 1988 elegiacal | 1989 spoliator | 1990 fibranne | 1991 antipyretic | 1992 lyceum | 1993 kamikaze | 1994 antediluvian | 1995 xanthosis | 1996 vivisepulture | 1997 euonym | 1998 chiaroscurist | 1999 logorrhea | 2000 demarche | 2001 succedaneum | 2002 prospicience | 2003 pococurante | 2004 autochthonous | 2005 appoggiatura
Common English Mistakes: A, An or The?
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Common Errors in English
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Paul Brians' Huge listing of common errors as well as a collection of links to related resources.
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What is an error in English?
The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. I’ll leave to linguists the technical definitions. Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak.
(Die Erklärungen enthalten teilweise auch etymologische Hinweise.)
Am 13.12.2004 waren folgende Begriffe zu finden:
AM/PM * abject * about * absorbtion * accede/exceed * accent marks * access * accessory * accept/except * accidently * acronyms and apostrophes * acrossed * actual fact/actually * ad/add * adapt/adopt * administer/minister * adultry * advance/advanced * adverse/averse * advice/advise * adviser/advisor * affect/effect * affluence/effluence * agreeance/agreement * ahold/hold * ain’t * all * all goes well/augurs well * alliterate/illiterate * alls * allude/elude * allude/refer * allusion/illusion * almost * alot * already/all ready * alright * altar/alter * alterior * alternate/alternative * altogether/ all together * alumnus/alumni * amature * ambiguous/ambivalent * ambivalent/indifferent * American * amongst/among * amoral/immoral * amount/number * an historic * and also * anecdote/antidote * angel/angle * anxious/eager * any more * anytime * anyways * apart/a part * apostrophes * as far as * as follow * as per * aspect/respect * appraise/apprise * apropos/appropriate * artic * as time progressed * assure/ensure/insure * asterick * as of yet * ATM machine * athlete * athiest * aural/oral * auger/augur * avocation/vocation * awhile/a while * ax * axel/axle * backslash/slash * backward/backwards * barb wire, bob wire * bare/bear * basicly * bazaar/bizarre * beaurocracy * begs the question * behaviors * bemuse * beside/besides * better * between * between you and I * beyond the pail * bias/biased * bible * biweekly/semiweekly * blatant * bonafied * born out of * borrow/loan * both/each * boughten * bourgeois * bouyant * brand names * brang, brung * breath/breathe * bring/take * build off of * bumrush * butt naked * by/’bye/buy * cache/cachet * call the question * callous/callused * calm, cool, and collective * Calvary/cavalry * cannot/can not * canon/cannon * capital/capitol * caramel/carmel * carat/caret/carrot/karat * caring * CD-ROM disk * ceasar * celibate/chaste * celtic * cement/concrete * center around * cents * chai tea * chaise longue * chemicals * Chicano/Latino/Hispanic * chuck/chunk * Church * cite/site/sight * cleanup/clean up * cliché/clichéd * click/clique * close/clothes * close proximity * coarse/course * collaborate/corroborate * Colombia/Columbia * colons/semicolons * commas * compare and contrast * compare to/compare with * complement/compliment * complementary/complimentary * comprised of * concensus * concerted effort * conflicted/conflicting feelings * confusionism * congradulations * continual/continuous * contrasts/contrasts with * conversate * core/corps/corpse * could care less * could of/should of/would of * council/counsel/consul * couple/couple of * credible/credulous * criteria/criterion * criticism * critique/criticize * crucifiction * currant/current * cut and dry * cut and paste/copy and paste * damped/dampened * data * decimate * deep-seeded * definate * defuse/diffuse * degrade/denigrate/downgrade * deja vu * democrat/democratic * depends * depreciate/deprecate * desert/dessert * device/devise * dialogue/discuss * dieties * differ/vary * different than * dilemma/difficulty * dire straights * disburse/disperse * disc/disk * discreet/discrete * discussed/disgust * disinterested/uninterested * disrespect * doctorial/doctoral * dominate/dominant * done/did * double negatives * doubt that/doubt whether/doubt if * doubtlessly/doubtless * dove/dived * downfall/drawback * drank/drunk * drastic/dramatic * drier/dryer * dribble/drivel * drive/disk * drug/dragged * dual/duel * duck tape * due to the fact that * dyeing/dying * e.g./i.e. * each * earth, moon * ecology/environment * ecstatic * ect. * -ed/-t * -ed/-ing * ei/ie * either * either are/either is * eighteen hundreds/nineteenth century * electrocute * elicit/illicit * ellipses * embaress * emergent/emergency * emigrate/immigrate * eminent/imminent/immanent * empathy/sympathy * emphasize on * end result * enormity/enormousness * enquire/inquire * ensure/insure * enthuse * envelop/envelope * envious/jealous * enviroment *
* epitomy * ethnic * every * everyday * everytime * evidence to * exact same * exalt/exult * excape/escape * exceptional/exceptionable * exhileration * exponential * expresso * expresses that/says that * factoid * fair/fare * farther/further * fastly * fatal/fateful * faze/phase * fearful/fearsome * febuary * 50’s * firey * first annual * fiscal/physical * fit the bill * flammable/inflammable * flaunt/flout * flesh out/flush out * floppy disk/hard disk * flounder/founder * foot/feet * footnotes/endnotes * for/fore/four * for all intensive purposes * for free * for one/for one thing * for sale/on sale * forbidding/foreboding/formidable * forceful/forcible/forced * forego/forgo * foresee/forsee * formally/formerly * forward * fortuitous/fortunate * foul/fowl * frankly * French dip with au jus * from . . . to * from the beginning of time * fulsome * -fuls/-ful * gaff/gaffe * gamut/gauntlet * gaurd * gender * Ghandi * gibe/jibe/jive * gig/jig * gild/guild * god * goes * gone/went * good/well * got/gotten * government * graduate * grammer * gratis/gratuitous * greatful * grevious * grisly/grizzly * group (singular vs. plural) * grow * gyp * had ought * hairbrained * hangar/hanger * hanged/hung * hanging indents * hardly * hardly never * hardy/hearty * HIV virus * he don’t * heading/bound * hear/here * hearing-impaired * heighth * help the problem * hero/protagonist * heroin/heroine * highly looked upon/highly regarded * him, her/he, she *
* hisself * historic/historical * an historic * hoi polloi * hold your peace/say your piece * homophobic * home page * hone in * hors d’oeuvres * hyphenation * hyphens & dashes * hypocritical * hysterical/hilarious * I me myself * -ic * idea/ideal * if/whether * if I was/if I were * ignorant * immaculate conception/virgin birth * impact * impertinent/irrelevant * imply/infer * in regards to * in the fact that * incredible * incidences/incidents/instances * indepth * Indian/Native American * individual * infact * infamous/notorious * infinite * inflammable * input * install/instill * instances/instants * intense/intensive * intensifiers * interment/internment * Internet/intranet * interface * interpretate * into/in to * intrigue * ironically * irregardless * is, is * islams * Isreal * issues * itch/scratch * it’s/its * jerry-built/jury-rigged * Jew/Jewish * jewelry * John Henry * judgement * kick-start * koala bear * laissez-faire * large * late/former * later/latter * laundry mat * lay/lie * leach/leech * lead/led * leave/let * legend/myth * lense * less/fewer * liable, libel * libary * light-year * lighted/lit * like * like/as if * like for * likker * listserv * “lite” spelling * literally * lived * loose/lose * lustful/lusty * mantle/mantel * marital/martial * marshmellow * mass * masseuse/masseur * mauve * may/might * maybe/may be * medal/metal/meddle/mettle * media * Medieval Ages * mediocre * medium/median * memorium * mic * might could * mischievious * misnomer * moral/morale * more importantly * moreso * most always * motion/move * Mount Fujiyama * much differently * muchly * music/singing * mute point *
* myself * nauseated/nauseous * neice * Nevada * next store * nieve * no sooner when * nonplussed * noone * not all that * not hardly * notorious * nuclear * number of verb * numbers * nuptual * of * of ___’s * offense * often * OK * old fashion * old-timer’s disease * on accident * once and a while * one of the (singular) * one-dimensional * one in the same * one of the only * only * onto/on to * oppress/repress * orders of magnitude * ordinance/ordnance * Oregon * organic * oriental * orientate * ostensively * over-exaggerated * oversee/overlook * pair (number) * palate/palette/pallet * parallel * parallelled/paralleled * parallelism in a series * paralyzation * parameters/perimeters * parentheses * parliment * passed/past * past time * passive voice * pawn off/palm off * peace/piece * peak/peek/pique * peasant/pheasant * penultimate/next to last * peoples * per * percent decrease * pernickety/persnickety * perogative/prerogative * perse * persecute/prosecute * personal/personnel * personality * perspective/prospective * peruse * phenomena/phenomenon * Philippines/Filipinos * physical * picaresque/picturesque * picture * PIN number * playwrite * plead innocent * please RSVP * plug-in * podium/lectern * pole/poll * point being is that * point in time * pompom/pompon * populace/populous * pore/pour * possessed of, by, with * practice/practise * practicle * pray/prey * precede/proceed * precedence/precedents * precipitate/precipitous * predominant/predominate * predominately * preemptory * preferably * prejudice/prejudiced * premier/premiere * premise/premises * prepone * prepositions (repeated) * prepositions (wrong) * prescribe/proscribe * presently * pretty * primer * principal/principle * prioritize * priority * proactive * probably * prone * pronounciation * prophecy/prophesy * protray * proved/proven * purposely/purposefully * Q/G * quantum leap * queue * quiet/quite * quote * quotation marks * racism * rack/wrack * ran/run * rapport * ratio * rationale/rationalization * ravaging/ravishing/ravenous * recreate * reactionary/reactive * real/really * realtor * reason because * rebelling/revolting * rebut/refute * recent/resent * redundancies * reeking havoc * regard/regards * regretfully/regrettably * reign/rein * religion * religion believes * reluctant/reticent * remuneration/renumeration * repel/repulse * resister/resistor * retch/wretch * reticent/hesitant * return back * revelant * revue/review * right of passage * Rio Grande River * risky/risqué * road to hoe * rob/steal * role/roll * root/rout/route * sacred/scared * sacreligious * safety deposit box * sail/sale/sell * salsa sauce * same difference * sarcastic/ironic * satellite * say/tell * schizophrenic * sci-fi * sea change * seam/seem * second of all * seen/saw * select/selected * self-worth * sense/since * sensual/sensuous *
* service/serve * set/sit * setup/set up * shall/will * sherbert * Sierra Nevada Mountains * silicon/silicone * simplistic * single quotes * slight of hand * sluff off * snuck * so/very * so fun * social/societal * sojourn/journey * sometime/some time * somewhat of a * sooner * soup du jour of the day * sour grapes * spaded/spayed * * stationary/stationery * stereo * stomp * straightjacket * straight-laced * substance-free * substitute with * suffer with * suit/suite * summary/summery * supercede * supposably, supposingly * suppose to * surfing the Internet * take a different tact * taken back/taken aback * taught/taut * taunt/taut/tout * tenant/tenet * tender hooks * tentative * than/then * that/which * that kind * theirselves * them * they’re/their/there * therefor/therefore * there’s * these are them * these kind * these ones * they/their (singular) * think on * though/thought/through * throne/thrown * thusly * time period * times smaller * to/too/two * to home * today’s modern society * tolled/told * tongue and cheek * toward/towards * track home * tradegy * troop/troupe * try and * UFO * unconscience * unrest * upmost * use to * vague reference * various * vary/very * veil of tears * verb tense * verbage * verses/versus * very unique * vicious/viscous circle/cycle * video * vinegarette * viola/voila * vitae * volumptuous * warrantee/warranty * wary/weary/leery * wash * way * ways * weather/wether/whether * weather forecast calls for * Wensday * went/gone * were/where * wet your appetite * what * wheat * whereabouts are * where it’s at * whether/whether or not * whilst/while * whim and a prayer * whimp * whisky/whiskey * who/whom * who’s/whose * a whole ’nother * -wise * woman/women * worse comes to worse * wreckless * writting * ya’ll * ye * yea/yeah/yay * yoke/yolk * your/you * your/you’re * you’ve got another thing coming
Non-Errors Those usages people keep telling you are wrong but which are actually standard in English.
split infinitives * ending a sentence with a preposition * beginning a sentence with a conjunction * between vs. among * over vs. more than * forward vs. forwards * gender vs. sex * who vs. that * since vs. because * hopefully * momentarily * lend vs. loan * near miss * “none” singular vs. plural * scan vs. skim * regime vs. regimen * off of * gotten vs. got * till’ vs. ’til * teenage vs. teenaged * reference vs. cite * endquote vs. unquote * feeling bad * persuade vs. convince * preventive vs. preventative * entitled vs. titled * People are healthy; vegetables are healthful. * Dinner is done; people are finished. * Crops are raised; children are reared. * “You’ve got mail” should be “you have mail.” * it’s “cut the muster,” not “cut the mustard.” * it’s “carrot on a stick,” not “carrot or stick.” *
More errors Other strange and amusing word confusions
Commonly misspelled words.
The whole site on one page (ASCII text; the easiest option if you’re reading through all the entries in order)
List of commonly made suggestions. Check this before writing.
Sean Igo’s "Garbage In, Garbage Out: Errors Caused by Over-Reliance on Spelling Checkers"
Other Good Resources
American Heritage Book of English Usage
Worldwide Words: Investigating International English from a British Viewpoint
Daniel Kies’ Modern English Grammar
Jack Lynch’s Grammar and Style Notes
Charles Darling’s Guide to Grammar and Writing
Dr. NAD’s Prig Page
Ronald B. Standler’s Technical Writing Guide
Garbl’s Writing Resources On-Line
English as a Second Language Help Desk at Washington State University
WWWebster Dictionary (Merriam Webster)
Hazel Tank’s Word Lists - The Way Doctors Talk
Mindy McAdams’s Spelling Test
William Safire’s self-violating “Rules for Writers”
Paul Brians’ home page
Bücher zur Kategorie:
Etymologie, Etimología, Étymologie, Etimologia, Etymology
US Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, Estados Unidos de América, États-Unis d'Amérique, Stati Uniti d'America, United States of America
Falsche Freunde, Falsos amigos, Faux Amis, False amiche, False Friend
Miller, Frederic P.
Vandome, Agnes F.
Etymology, Folk science, Folk psychology, Historical linguistics
Backronym, Back-formation, Chinese word for "crisis", Eggcorn, Johannes Goropius Becanus
A false etymology is any assumed or postulated etymology that is incorrect. Folk etymology, in its basic sense, refers to popularly held (and often false) beliefs about the origins of specific words, especially where these originate in "common-sense" assumptions rather than serious research (compare folk science, folk psychology etc.). In historical linguistics, the term is most often used in a more technical sense, to refer to a change in the pronunciation, meaning, or spelling of a word under the influence of such folk beliefs about its origins. The two terms have not always been clearly distinguished, however, even by linguists.
Miller, Frederic P.
Vandome, Agnes F.
Mondegreen, Homophone, Soramimi, Ambiguity, A Monk Swimming, Double entendre, Eggcorn, False etymology, Holorime
2010. Buch. ca. 80 S. Kartoniert / Broschiert
Alphascript Publishing ISBN 9786130274269
Format (B x L): 15 x 22 cm
Gewicht: 136 g
In englischer Sprache
A "mondegreen" is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song, due to near homophony, in a way that yields a new meaning to the phrase. It should not be confused with "soramimi", which are songs that produce different meanings from those originally intended, when interpreted in another language.
The Ants Are My Friends
Misheard Lyrics, Malapropisms, Eggcorns, and Other Linguistic Gaffes
Do you take things for granite? Do you need a secretary at your beckoned call? In "The Ants Are My Friends" — delightfully misheard from Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind" — Martin Toseland has collected the very best, and very worst, linguistic gifts of the gaffe. Examples have been plucked gleefully from three categories of blunders: "malapropisms" — named after "Mrs. Malaprop" in Sheridan's play The Rivals where the wrong word pops out to bizarre results; "eggcorns" — where a new word is created from misheard real one (the name comes from someone misunderstanding "acorn" as "eggcorn", as it has the same shape); and of course "mondegreens", or misheard lyrics, a rich vein of accidental invention. Such classic mondegreens are collected as Ray Parker Jr.'s "Who Ya Gonna Call, Gus Foster", Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese", Roy Orbison's "Only Baloney", AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done with Sheep", and Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tangerine Man".
Gebundene Ausgabe - 224 Seiten - Oxford University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: 2. Dezember 2004
Do you know that "posh" comes from an acronym meaning "port out, starboard home"? That "the whole nine yards" comes from (pick one) the length of a WWII gunner's belt; the amount of fabric needed to make a kilt; a sarcastic football expression? That Chicago is called "The Windy City" because of the bloviating habits of its politicians, and not the breeze off the lake?
If so, you need this book. David Wilton debunks the most persistently wrong word histories, and gives, to the best of our actual knowledge, the real stories behind these perennially mis-etymologized words. In addition, he explains why these wrong stories are created, disseminated, and persist, even after being corrected time and time again. What makes us cling to these stories, when the truth behind these words and phrases is available, for the most part, at any library or on the Internet?
Arranged by chapters, this book avoids a dry A-Z format. Chapters separate misetymologies by kind, including The Perils of Political Correctness (picnics have nothing to do with lynchings), Posh, Phat Pommies (the problems of bacronyming-the desire to make every word into an acronym), and CANOE (which stands for the Conspiracy to Attribute Nautical Origins to Everything). Word Myths corrects long-held and far-flung examples of wrong etymologies, without taking the fun out of etymology itself. It's the best of both worlds: not only do you learn the many wrong stories behind these words, you also learn why and how they are created-and what the real story is.
Oxford University Press, October 2004
Did you ever think that "Ring Around The Rosie" makes reference to the Black Death of the Middle Ages? Or that "the whole nine yards" refers to the length of a machinegun ammo belt on a WWII fighter plane? Or perhaps that Eskimos have 500 words for snow?
If so, then you have been taken in by a linguistic urban legend. Like classic urban legends, these linguistic legends are popular and pervasive. But instead of propagating cautionary tales about the dangers of modern life, linguistic urban folklore propagates stories and "facts" about language and words. These "facts" are usually false, but the legends contain an element of truth that reflect on us and our society.
Word Myths takes on these linguistic urban legends, not just debunking them, but also examining why they are told and what they tell us about ourselves. The book examines the patterns underlying these legends and comes to conclusions about such things as why we attach morbid tales to children's rhymes, why newspapers keep promulgating false origins for terms like the Windy City, or why so many words have false nautical origins. Word Myths is an entertaining, yet authoritative, look at these and other linguistic legends.
"Most everything you know about word and phrase origins is likely to be wrong, and David Wilton proves it with a light touch and a wealth of fascinating case histories. Absolutely everyone with an interest in language will love this book."
-- J.E. Lighter, Editor, Historical Dictionary of American Slang