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Noun

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folk etymology

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folk etymologies

folk etymology (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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