Twelve English etymologies from the social margins (Part 2)

William Sayers


Etymologies are proposed for twelve previously unexplained English words from work­ing-class or underclass English vocabulary. Treated in Part 2 of this study are aloof/aluff, boondoggle, and welch/jew/gyp. Common features are isolation, extended use, pejoration, and treatment by lexicographers with varying degrees of proscriptiveness and by word buffs with enthusiastic amateur etymologizing.

This is the second part of a study begun in Sayers (2020). 

Słowa kluczowe: popular speech, lexicography, English etymology

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