folk etymology

noun

Definition of folk etymology

: the transformation of words so as to give them an apparent relationship to other better-known or better-understood words (as in the change of Spanish cucaracha to English cockroach)

First Known Use of folk etymology

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Folk etymology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folk%20etymology. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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