Writing for Business - A Whatis.com Blog

May 29 2013   3:32PM GMT

Is that a C change or a sea change?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
business jargon
eggcorn
meanings of common expressions

Which is correct?

interrobang Google Wave was expected to enable a ________ in  business collaboration but it didn’t play out that way.
a. C change
b. sea change

Answer: b.

Explanation:
Sea change means transformation. I was surprised to see people searching for the meaning of C change, but they’re out there. C change is an eggcorn — a word or phrase mistakenly used because it sounds like the correct term.

Sea change” originated in Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which was written about 1610. Ariel sang the following in a song to Ferdinand, describing the physical transformation that the sea had wrought in his drowned father.

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

According to Michael Quinion of World Wide Words, “sea change” first began to be used metaphorically in the late nineteenth century.  Read more

 Comment on this Post

 
There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when other members comment.

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: