GG (madmouth) wrote in linguaphiles,
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irrational mix-ups

I regularly say "towel" when I mean "pillow" and the other way around.  Other than the fact they share two consonants and a vowel, I can't figure out why (since there are plenty of other words with more similar segments, like "conscious" and "conscientious", which I never mix).


Do you guys do the same?  Which are your irrational mix-words? 


ETA: I knew this was something of a phenomenon.  Thanks to all who replied--very enlightening and humorous.
Now, what in the world would linguistics studies make of this?  Does anyone have any links to formal theory dealing with this phenomenon?
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