Definition of popular etymology in English:

popular etymology

Line breaks: popu|lar ety¦mol|ogy

noun

Another term for folk etymology.
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  • Perchta's gastrotomic proclivities have been unconsciously adapted in various ways, fittingly or otherwise, by a process akin to the linguistic one of popular etymology.
  • In short, ever since his involuntary expatriation from Eden, Adam - whose name popular etymology associates with the Hebrew word for the ground - has been ungrounded.
  • The first element became obsolete much as did that of berhtnaht, and popular etymology again brought about a personification, reinterpreting Fron - as Frau.

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