phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

'Folk etymology'

Posted by Beany on June 28, 2005

In Reply to: Re: The best side of the ship to travel on posted by Bob on June 25, 2005

: : There is an expression that originated in transatlantic ocean travel relating to the best side of the ship to travel on. What is that phrase?

: You may be thinking of the posh (Port Out Starboard Home) myth, one of many folk etymologies that people love to parade around on leashes. See http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/287800.html

Strictly speaking, this is not folk etymology. Folk etymology is the changing of a word to reflect other familiar words or elements of words. For example, 'cucaracha' becomes 'cockroach'.