Curb your enthusiasm

I’m steeped in amusement today
By a goof that keeps coming my way.
At least twice I have seen it
So it’s time that we clean it
From the phrases that some of us say.

Consider the little word curb;
It’s used as a noun and a verb.
Appetite or enthusiasm
Or or a bad muscle spasm,
It means to control or disturb.

A curb is a physical restraint;
With that use I have no complaint.
Curbside pickup or check-in,
Correct uses without reckon
But “a steep learning curb” it ain’t!

Note: Learning curb is a good example of an “eggcorn.” Have you more to throw into the basket?

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2 responses to “Curb your enthusiasm

  1. An eggcorn I keep seeing in writing is “baited breath”.

    (mentioned here: http://kitchenmudge.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/hes-doing-that-again/)

  2. I had not heard “learning curb” before. I think I suffer from that, though. Many curbs get in the way of my learning anything new. 🙂 Love your poem!

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