folk etymology


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It can be assumed that in the other Finnic language areas possible oranames have been re-interpreted via folk etymology as Orava-names.
The folk etymology that would rush to the minds of many, that flamenco is a reflex--of some kind--of Latin flamma and referenced the supposed fiery life and art styles of the Spanish Gypsies, has never been taken seriously by scholarship in or beyond Spain, firstly, no doubt, because the fl- of Latin flamma was early resolved as ll- in the northern dialects of Hispano-Romance and, secondly, because of the "un-Spanish" sound of the suffixal or concluding element -enco.
The linguistic correlate of this thinking is one fork of a dichotomy within the category of folk etymology overlooked by traditional and recent scholarship (e.
Hasenkamp 2002: 592)--is traditionally defined as secondary motivation of an unmotivated or no longer motivated word: Bussmann (2002: 741), for example, says that "[d]urch diesen sprachhistorischen Prozess werden unverstandliche Worter (sekundar) motiviert," (22) and Olschansky (1996: 107), in her fundamental monograph, also considers the input of folk etymology to be "ein synchron isoliertes und als solches unmotiviertes Wort bzw.
I call these calques catachresticalques, after the Greek-derived rhetorical term catachresis, as defined, in one of its senses, as 'an incorrect use of a word, either from a misinterpretation of its etymology or a folk etymology.
Feminists did not make this folk etymology up out of nothing--actually, according to Sharon Fenick of the University of Chicago, writing on the Urban Legends website, it probably goes back to the eighteenth century, when the respected English judge, Francis Buller, earned the nickname "Judge Thumb," for declaring such "correction" permissible.
According to folk etymology, the word Amazon was derived from the Greek a-, meaning without, and mazos, breast.
Horowitz and Deakins describe this work by Goueffic as folk etymology, flawed linguistics and a tour de force of imaginative word play.
By folk etymology the Greeks associated Pan's name with the word pan ("all").
The name was early given to a personification of the United States, and was explained by a sort of folk etymology as being due to the fact that General Washington greatly relied on the advice of his aide, Jonathan Trumbull, of whom he sometimes said, "We must consult Brother Jonathan.