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Safe-deposit box

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  • The phrase referring to a box in which valuables are stored is safe-deposit box, not safety-deposit box. The latter is an eggcorn resulting from a mishearing of the former. The mistake is understandable because the first two syllables of safe-deposit box sound like safety.

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    1. It’s a bit like being in New York and hearing locals refer to the Port Authority as the Port of Authority.

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