- a modification of a linguistic form according either to a falsely assumed etymology, as Welsh rarebit from Welsh rabbit, or to a historically irrelevant analogy, as bridegroom from bridegome.
- a popular but false notion of the origin of a word.
Origin of folk etymology
Examples from the Web for folk etymology
Historical Examples of folk etymology
It has sometimes been assumed that most names of this class are due to folk-etymology.
This historical connection is most probably due to folk-etymology.
But occasionally the results of folk-etymology are literally preposterous.
The companion-ladder on ship-board is a product of folk-etymology.
But the story of Tuna gives no folk-etymology of the name Tuna.Modern Mythology
- the gradual change in the form of a word through the influence of a more familiar word or phrase with which it becomes associated, as for example sparrow-grass for asparagus
- a popular but erroneous conception of the origin of a word