Wynand Myburgh may be part of the Mark Liberman/Chris Waigl “base” eggcorn complex. The 28 “base guitar” ghits in Google Books include such sterling refs as Asante & Mazama’s Encyclopedia of Black Studies, and the following passage from Black Ice by C Rowe Myers seems to confirm that in some cases writers are using it in accordance with one of the two clouds of meaning associated with “base”:
I would suggest that the Herald’s usage is up there on cloud 2, which, interestingly, has a different etymology from cloud 1.
Disregarding the Afrikaner music scene for a moment, I wonder if the usage didn’t arise as follows: playing base (ball) -> playing base (guitar).
- Spider styles
Gerald Howson’s The Flamencos of Cadiz Bay is a damn good book that stays well clear of the “Andalusia, soul
- Alternative etymology of “blah”
Here’s one: blah (n.) “idle, meaningless talk,” 1918, probably echoic; the adj. meaning “bland, dull” is from 1919, perhaps infl. by
- Bush, the greatest intellectual of our time
Mark Liberman is being nasty to our beloved intellectuals, most of whom we manage to ignore most of the time. His
- RIP Google Reader
Will Hivemind come to our rescue?
- scamming beyond the grave
Intrigued (and overjoyed, as always) to receive a mail from my good friend, Moses Aziz, in which he writes (my emphases): Dear