folk etymology


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a popular but erroneous 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.
According to folk etymology, the word Amazon was derived from the Greek a-, meaning without, and mazos, breast.
Technically speaking, the term folk etymology is not entirely correct because we are not dealing with etymology.
According to linguists the names are motivated by the red or reddish-brown feathers of the birds, even though folk etymology sometimes associates them, erroneously, with the alder tree (Suolahti 1906 : 141-142; Mager 1967 : 166-167).