‘One In The Same’: An Eggcorn

Investors often confuse risk and uncertainty as one, but really, they are different concepts. — ForbesJanuary 19, 2018

… a politician whose public and private personalities seem to be the same. — weekly newsSeptember 8, 2017

It features one of the most famous twists in cinematic history, revealing for the first time a family secret that Luke’s father Anakin Skywalker and villain Darth Vader are one. — Citizens of OttawaDecember 14, 2017

The phrase “one in the same” would be correct in the above statements if the writer implied that risk/uncertainty, public/private ego, and Skywalker/Vader are like nesting dolls of Russia, where one resembles the other and matches. inside it—but we guess not. Instead, the subject is two people or things that are said to be the same or similar, and the intended phrase is “one and the same”, used to emphasize the similarity.

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The redundancy of “one and the same” (same is the pronoun of one) is intentional and formed along the lines of “each and every” and “any and all”—phrases often condemned by language commentators as redundant or cliché, but that often be useful to the rest of us.

Forty years ago, with the stroke of a pen, President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the United States Department of Energy (DOE), an agency that is concerned with the life of every American. — LuckAugust 4, 2017

The federal government stands ready to provide any and all assistance. — Mike Pence, quoted above CNNOctober 10, 2017

If passed this summer, the federal government’s and California’s emissions policies would be essentially one and the same. — Peter Fimrite, San Francisco ChroniclesJanuary 27, 2012

Civil rights and labor rights have always been one and the same. – Danny Glover, quoted in Hartford CourantJanuary 17, 2018

We can’t say for sure when “one in the same” started making egg corn, but we do know that using “in” makes the phrase a bit meaningless. The misinterpretation is because in common parlance, “and” tends to be shortened to “n.” This has caused those unfamiliar with the phrase to mispronounce it as “one of the same”.

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“One and the same” dates back to the 16th century and comes from Classical Latin nus et dem. Try to avoid misinterpreting this respectable phrase.

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