2017-08-11 00:06:59 UTC
Are erupt and irrupt different words?
In spoken language, they sound the same. How can one who studies spoken
language tell how many words have a given pronunciation?
In written language, they have the different spellings, but what if one is
not studying the way(s) the language is written?
This piece seems to use irrupt as a pun on erupt:
An “eruption” goes out, while an “irruption” goes in. Perhaps Douthat was being
subtle, using “irruption” in the invading sense, but wanting the evocation of
an exploding “eruption” as well.