Hobson-Jobson

[ hob-suhn-job-suhn ]
/ ˈhɒb sənˈdʒɒb sən /

noun

the alteration of a word or phrase borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the phonological and lexical patterns of the borrowing language, as in English hoosegow from Spanish juzgado.

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Origin of Hobson-Jobson

1625–35; Indian English rendering of Arabic yā Ḥasan, yā Husayn lament uttered during taʿziyah; an example of such an alteration

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British Dictionary definitions for Hobson-Jobson

hobson-jobson
/ (ˌhɒbsənˈdʒɒbsən) /

noun

another word for folk etymology

Word Origin for hobson-jobson

C19: Anglo-Indian folk-etymological variant of Arabic yā Hasan! yā Husayn! O Hasan! O Husain! (ritual lament for the grandsons of Mohammed); influenced by the surnames Hobson and Jobson
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