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folk-etymologize

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  • v. to introduce or develop a folk etymology
  • v. to explain the etymology of a word as folk etymology

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Examples

  • If I were the kind of person to speculate without foundation about the origin of idioms in other words, if I felt competent to folk-etymologize with abandon I would say that perhaps it comes from the notion that a big full skirt and big round cheese might have some topological symmetry.

    September 2006

  • Alas, the same Teutonic root almost certainly accounts for harbor, thereby putting paid to George Borrow's attempt to folk-etymologize that word to the Welsh/Gaelic aber ` riverine estuary or confluence. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 2

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