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Re: 'Folk etymology'

Posted by Bob on June 28, 2005

In Reply to: 'Folk etymology' posted by Beany on June 28, 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'.

Don't know that I'd agree. We're talking about the folk invention of an origin of a word. If that's not etymology, what would you call it?