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popular etymology

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(Linguistics) linguistics another name for folk etymology
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In the Gospel, Jesus refers to Nathanael as "a true Israelite." There is a contrast here between Nathanael, who has no duplicity, and Jacob, the first to bear the name "Israel." The popular etymology of the name "Israel" was "the one who sees God." Indeed, Jacob had a heavenly vision (cf Gn 28:12-15).
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!

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