[LMB] When World-Views Collide, books

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Jan 7 14:19:40 GMT 2022


Especially since this is a continuing process, maybe even accelerating.

> On Jan 7, 2022, at 5:43 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> 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.



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