[LMB] When World-Views Collide, books

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Fri Jan 7 12:43:52 GMT 2022

On Fri, 7 Jan 2022 05:54:41 -0500, WalterStuartBushell <proto at panix.com>

> WSB cod-etymolog????????

When people make up seemingly-plausible origins for words and phrases
that appeal to people on a narrative level but have no support from
reality.  AKA folk etymology.

Example: POSH.  Widely believed to be from "Port Outwards, Starboard
Home" from cruise liners, because that's how you get the best shade.

Ignoring the facts that the word predates cruise liners by some time,
and that the concept only works for certain crossings.

And some of our more, erm, robust Anglo-Saxonisms have
plausible-sounding but erroneous origin stories as acronyms: there is no
historical evidence that anyone was ever put in the stocks with a sign
proclaiming "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge", for example, whereas the
Germanic origins of the word are understood.

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.  - Virginia Woolf

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