etymologizing


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et·y·mol·o·gize

 (ĕt′ə-mŏl′ə-jīz′)
v. et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing, et·y·mol·o·giz·es
v.tr.
To trace and state the etymology of.
v.intr.
To give or suggest the etymology of a word.
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Noun1.etymologizing - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
diachronic linguistics, diachrony, historical linguistics - the study of linguistic change; "the synchrony and diachrony of language"
explanation, account - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
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Tolkien had a deep personal interest in onomastics, and particularly in recovering half-remembered myth by etymologizing proper names.
In addition to the self-evident purpose of etymologizing individual word-roots in the Uralic languages, there is a more general aim: it will be shown that the adherence to a strict framework of regular sound correspondences has a significant predictive value in the etymological study of all Uralic languages, and it is possible to establish previously undiscovered Uralic etymologies for word roots from every branch of Uralic.
Rather, attention is drawn to the fact that the avenues of research that *Tanz-ko represents--Europe, its major and marginalized communities--have been explored in neither academic nor popular etymologizing about tango, most plausibly, it is suggested, as a consequence of identity politics in Argentina.
In the first and most frequently encountered type of etymologizing, its practitioner has a message which s/he then bolsters by pointing out the sometimes true, often false, source of some of the terms used.
greater creative lengths in his etymologizing, attributing unfalsifiable