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  • v. Present participle of etymologize.

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  • n. (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase


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  • He shares the almost immemorial use of exegetical etymologizing, which is finally canonized in the encyclopedic Etymologiae of

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • "Five beks" sounds like classic folk etymologizing or eggcorning to me, and if it were even remotely plausible I think Pospelov would have mentioned it. BISHKEK/PISHPEK.

  • Here Plato applies an extremely loose and ad hoc method of etymologizing in which (to use Voltaire's quip made two thousand years later) the consonants counted for little and the vowels for nothing at all.


  • Certainly his views were _original_; but their sagacity, if it be allowable to copy his own mode of etymologizing, is of an _ori-gin-ale_ cast, resembling that of a person who puts to his mouth liquors both distilled and fermented.

    A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)

  • Perhaps one could do better in etymologizing shanty.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol II No 3

  • 1Frankly I'm not sure what the problem is in etymologizing this name.

    Sentina, an Etruscanized Latin name

  • (1774-76) mixes fanciful etymologizing with the theories of French philosophes; Captain Wilford (1804) or H.T. Colebrooke (1824-27) are antiquarian Indic enthusiasts; the Druidic mythologists — from William

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • And truly, my lord, to express the real truth without dissimulation, I cannot but say that those petty subtle devices which are found out in the etymologizing of pattens would descend more easily into the river of Seine, to serve for ever at the millers 'bridge upon the said water, as it was heretofore decreed by the king of the Canarians, according to the sentence or judgment given thereupon, which is to be seen in the registry and records within the clerk's office of this house.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2


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