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.

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4341

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.

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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.

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