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Fun for Friday: Folk Etymologies

WordsSometimes, where we think a word came from is not necessarily the true story. According to Merriam-Webster, folk etymology is “the transformation of words so as to give them an apparent relationship to better-known or better-understood words.”

This article talks about a number of cases of folk etymology, including the source of the words and how they were altered when each found their way into the English language!

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