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Posted: 07 July 2010 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I used to think “shore up” was spelt “sure up”: ie to make it more sure. Made sense to me.

Note that sure and shore are precise homophones in my dialect, perversely.

But enough about me.

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Posted: 07 July 2010 01:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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My own piece of folk etymology (?idio-etymology) was to have a vague feeling that “shore up” was somehow connected with shore (n) = edge of the land, from an idea that earth/sand would be “shored up” against something to stop it falling over, whereas, of course it’s from shore (n) = prop.

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