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definition of the word folk_etymology

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Folk etymology

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folk etymology (plural folk etymologies)

  1. A modification of a word resulting from a misunderstanding of its etymology, as with island, belfry, and hangnail.
  2. Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that incorrectly explains the origin of a word.

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