Hobson–Jobson

noun Hob·son–Job·son \¦häbsən¦jäbsən\

Definition of Hobson–Jobson

plural

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  1. :  assimilation of the sounds of a word or words foreign to a language into the sounds of a word or words coined or already existent in the language (as Spanish cucaracha has become English cockroach or as English riding coat has become French redingote) the law of Hobson-Jobson has played a great role in the evolution of surnames — R. F. Barton — compare folk etymology

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Origin and Etymology of hobson–jobson

Anglo-Indian modification (influenced by the English surnames Hobson and Jobson) of Arabic yā Ḥasan! yā Ḥusayn! O Hasan! O Husain! (cry repeated at the Muharram festival as an expression of mourning for Hasan and Husain, grandsons of Muhammad, killed in the early struggles between the Sunni and Shiʽa parties)


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