Talk:List of common false etymologies

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Some more suggestions[edit]

Cool article, here are some other false etymologies I can think of. I don't have any reliable sources at the moment (although many of the articles themselves contain sourced references to the false etymologies which could simply be reused here) and I don't know if any of them are widespread enough to be mentioned so I'm simply adding them for your consideration:

  1. barbecue from French "barbe à cul" (beard to ass)
  2. Caesarean section being named after Julius Caesar's birth
  3. cocktail being a reference to a drink garnished with a rooster's tail feather
  4. corduroy from French "corde du roi" (cloth of the king)
  5. okay (many theories about this one, only some of which have been fully debunked)
  6. parsnip being a portmanteau of "parsley" and "turnip"
  7. pumpernickel from French "pan pour Nicol" (bread for Nicol, supposedly in reference to a horse named Nicol)
  8. rule of thumb being a reference to a law about wife-beating — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.164.63.178 (talk) 17:21, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
  9. Wife - Washing, ironing, fucking, etc. Mjroots (talk) 06:27, 29 June 2011 (UTC)
  10. History being a shortening of "his story". Wikipedia already has a section. Treer (talk) 10:25, 10 July 2012 (UTC)