Therefore, the royal descent of the name is unlikely and should be regarded as folk etymology
('incident names' associated with royalty are, after all, rather popular in Estonian folk tradition).
"The Inevitability of Folk Etymology
: A Case of Collective Reality and Invisible Hands." Journal of Pragmatics 35 (2003): 119-38.
Folk etymology, as we have seen, is traditionally defined as secondary motivation of an unmotivated or no longer motivated word.
Metonymy, absorption, folk etymology (adaptation and, especially, regrouping) and, to a limited extent, metaphor have thus been found to be the most important types of lexical semantic change which may lead to semantic change in patterns of word formation.
(33.) Technically speaking, the term folk etymology
is not entirely correct because we are not dealing with etymology.
These individual changes of names are called folk etymology
(see also: Saar 2008; Kallasmaa 1995; Dalberg 1997).
An alternate explanation is that it is a folk etymology
of gyros (pronounced yee-roh; phonetics experts and those fluent in Greek may feel free to pick at my representation of the proper pronunciation.
back-formation) IV Semantic pseudo-loan from +/- -(-) 0 another language or variety V Partial folk etymology
, - + - blending, truncation (incl.
According to linguists the names are motivated by the red or reddish-brown feathers of the birds, even though folk etymology
sometimes associates them, erroneously, with the alder tree (Suolahti 1906 : 141-142; Mager 1967 : 166-167).
Thus, the association with Hebrew g?m?l 'camel' is more likely a folk etymology
. Ross further states that he means "lattice" (ibid.), where ISS states "man calling," and the letter nun (p.
In common practice, folk etymology
attributes to jiu, homophonous with the word meaning "nine," the sense "nine birds," because the left and right components of the graph can be separated out as "nine" and "bird" But this equivalence need not detain us.