popular etymology


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popular etymology

n
(Linguistics) linguistics another name for folk etymology
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This, and its variants 'Baxingapara', and 'Sin-gapura', may mean 'gateway [gapura] to [the coast or kingdom of] China [Sin or Xin]', rather than the more popular etymology of 'Singa-pura' = 'lion-city'.
Another popular etymology connects the word with ' go sip'; when British politicians sent their assistants to bars to ' go sip' a beer and listen to public opinion
The narrator based this popular etymology, curiously attributed to an Egyptian, on the Hebrew root MSH, "draw from water," rather than on the Egyptian word mes or mesu for son (cf.

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