hobson-jobson

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hobson-jobson

(ˌhɒbsənˈdʒɒbsən)
n
(Linguistics) another word for folk etymology
[C19: Anglo-Indian folk-etymological variant of Arabic yā Hasan! yā Husayn! O Hasan! O Husain! (ritual lament for the grandsons of Mohammed); influenced by the surnames Hobson and Jobson]