easedrop vs eavesdrop : Common Errors in English

About easedrop vs eavesdrop

The area under the eaves right next to the front of a building used to be called the “eavesdrop,” and somebody listening in secretively from such a position came to be called an “eavesdropper.” Unfortunately, so few people distinctly pronounce the V in “eavesdrop” that many are misled into misspelling it “easedrop.”

eavesdrop Meaning(s)

  • (v) listen without the speaker's knowledge

eavesdrop in News

  1. Berkeley: What We Didn't Know

    Adam Hochschild Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld Even at its worst, the FBI was far less draconian than dozens of secret police forces active around the world then and today. But changes in technology have vastly increased the ease of surveillance. In the 1950s, in order to eavesdrop on a meeting in Jessica Mitford’s house, two bumbling ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: New York Review of Books

  2. Canada says it monitors foreign phone, internet traffic

    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's government on Monday declined to say whether it was using data gathered by a secret U.S. government eavesdropping program, but confirmed its own secret signals intelligence agency was monitoring foreign phone and internet traffic. An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency says the NSA is running a massive ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. UK government rejects accusations its use of U.S. spy system was illegal

    By Andrew Osborn and Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Monday dismissed as "baseless" accusations that security agencies had been circumventing British law by using information gathered on British citizens by Prism, a secret U.S. eavesdropping programme. Prime Minister David Cameron's government has been under pressure from the opposition and the media to reassure the public after U.S ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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