from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mishearing; false impression as to sounds uttered by others, or a word-form so originated.
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This derivation has been questioned, because the word for the heart in the other Maya dialects is different, and it has been suggested that this was but an example of "otosis," where a foreign proper name was turned into a familiar common noun.
Saturday, November 29, 2003 ... and so Lily is diagnosed with can't-be-nice-otosis.
The inhalation of large quantities of fibre can cause asbes otosis which increases the risk of bronchial cancer.
Closely allied to this is what has been called _otosis_.
There is no reasonable doubt but that here again otosis and personification came in and gave the form and name of an animal to the original simple statement.
Perhaps those common processes of language, personification and otosis, duly taken into account, will enable us to restore this narrative to its original sense.