noun

  • another term for folk etymology
    • ‘Perchta's gastrotomic proclivities have been unconsciously adapted in various ways, fittingly or otherwise, by a process akin to the linguistic one of popular etymology.’
    • ‘The first element became obsolete much as did that of berhtnaht, and popular etymology again brought about a personification, reinterpreting Fron - as Frau.’
    • ‘Whether Stukeley followed a local, popular etymology, or indeed created one, it is true that Martinshal was a site for autumnal gatherings.’
    • ‘In short, ever since his involuntary expatriation from Eden, Adam - whose name popular etymology associates with the Hebrew word for the ground - has been ungrounded.’

Pronunciation:

popular etymology

/ˈpɑpjələr ˌɛdəˈmɑlədʒi/