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23 news items

Anglophenia

Anglophenia
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:04:50 -0700

“Bought the farm” is a euphemism for dying. There are a few supposed etymologies knocking around, mainly to do with WW2 soldiers crashing planes, but lexicographer Dave Wilton pooh-poohs them and claims the phrase has been around for much longer.
 
Berkeley Daily Planet
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0700

“Crones can well be suspicious of dictionaries which, in listing possible etymologies for crone, suggest that it is 'derived from a term meaning carrion. The OED discusses this possibility, but also suggests that crone is probably from carogne, meaning ...
 
Coeur d'Alene Press
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:07:30 -0700

With a last name such as "Patrick," we get a lot of Irish jokes and comments, all warmly welcomed. It's funny, but when we finally made it to Ireland we discovered not one "Patrick," but more Irish etymologies in crests of surnames on a different side ...

2paragraphs.com

2paragraphs.com
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700

Liberman points out that eggcorns differ from both “folk etymologies” and malapropisms. They're not folk etymologies, he argues, “because this is the usage of one person rather than an entire speech community” – though very common ones could certainly ...

New York Times

New York Times
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:42:34 -0700

People may swoon over colorful expressions and interesting etymologies. And Mr. Jurafsky's book offers plenty of that, including a chapter tracing the complicated global journey that turned the Fujianese fish sauce known as “ke-tchup” into the familiar ...

Daily Life

Daily Life
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:52:30 -0700

People may swoon over colorful expressions and interesting etymologies. And Mr. Jurafsky's book offers plenty of that, including a chapter tracing the complicated global journey that turned the Fujianese fish sauce known as “ke-tchup” into the familiar ...
 
City Watch
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

The word, Muslim (one who submits to one's faith), comes from the Arab and Turkish etymologies for mosalman or mussulman and other variations. Unfounded fears about Islam a nd its practices have been used for centuries in this land (since before the ...

Haaretz

Haaretz
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:07:30 -0700

... of Temple that connects the hat to the German Templers who built colonies in pre-state Israel, and others have suggested a link to the sort of similar-sounding English word “dumbbell,” but these explanations appear to be no more than folk etymologies.
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