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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Etymologies: Etymologizing names is often a haphazard undertaking, as abundantly shown here, where numerous alternative etymologies are proposed for many names.
Robinson traces specific signs of Latin influence (etymologizing of names) in "The Significance of Names in Old English Literature," Anglia 86 (1968): 25-26.
His most recent and quite elegant and exhaustive biographer, the Pisan scholar Marco Santagata, in Dante: The Story of His Life (2016), writes that in the mantic etymologizing popular then, "the name Dante indicates that its holder, through his works, generously gives' (da) to others his great intellectual gifts received from God." So too the name Beatrice suggests a woman blessed herself and the cause of blessedness in others; and his first encounter with Beatrice Portinari, known as Bice, when she was eight years old and he was nine, leveled him with an erotic thunderbolt that likely triggered an epileptic fit--a persistent affliction that he would associate with visionary powers unleashed, Santagata believes.
"Venus, Varro, and the Vates: Towards the Limits of Etymologizing Interpretation." Dictynna 3: 173-208.
Tolkien had a deep personal interest in onomastics, and particularly in recovering half-remembered myth by etymologizing proper names.
(19.) see 192-193; for synonymon, some old editions have, according to manuscripts, eunymon, which means "the left hand", but Stanley, Cited Oeuvre Tome II, 1809, p.113 considers it unnatural to carry the flowers in his left hand and proposes the reading synonymon, which he translates as "reverenda", etymologizing, coming from re vera, a real thing; Paul Mazon, Cited Oeuvre, Tome I, 1920, p.20, note 1, keeps eunymon considering that, as a rule, the branches of the praying one are carried on the left arm, by this "as a rule", "en general", eluding discussion.
See, for example, Ralph Hanna, "Jolly Jankin Meets Aristotle," Journal of the Early Book Society 11 (2008): 223-229; Ralph Hanna, "Lambeth Palace Library, MS 260 and the Problem of English Vernacularity," Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History 3rd ser., 5 (2008): 131-199 (perhaps especially the trilingual bit of etymologizing discussed at 139-140); and Ralph Hanna, "Performing Exegesis: Lyric and Sermon in CUL, MS Gg.vi.26" (forthcoming).
Probably the most willfully absurd, go-for-broke major studio comedy since "Airplane!" the first "Anchorman" was a treasure trove of catehphrases and memes culled from Burgundy's tongue-twisting vocal warm-ups, free-associative exclamations and etymologizing of San Diego as "German for a whale's vagina." It was a wonderful role for Ferrell (who co-created the character with MeKay), giving full bloom to the idea at the root of the actor's persona: the regressed man-child whose bravado is less than skin-deep.
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.
There is a great deal of etymologizing with substances and word association; and what amounts to sympathetic magic.
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.