Friends don’t let friends make absurd etymological arguments
Posted: 29 November 2012 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I found this link on language log which discusses an interesting attempt by the governor of California to incorporate the (imagined) etymological origins of two words into a discussion of an important social and political issue.

Wow.  I’m with him all the way on the importance of the environment, but his attempt at leveraging etymology into this discussion is painfully wrong-headed. 

I’m posting a link to it here because it is a particularly amusing example of the type of nonsense that even a quite intelligent person can spout when he or she attempts to dabble in etymology.

Posted: 30 November 2012 05:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I loved the comment saying that, if that’s the case then astrology must be more important than astronomy.