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22nd Jul '16 2:08:29 AM DarkHunter
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* The father in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes it up as he goes.]]
** There have been far too many nationalist linguists who really did try to show their language as the root of all others, or at least of some more prestigious language, and ''been taken seriously'' (at least by their own governments, which all should've known how silly they would look).

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* The father in ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes [[CulturalPosturing He's actually making most of it up as he goes.]]
** There have been far too many nationalist linguists who really did try to show their language as
up]].
-->'''Toula's Friend''': Alright, Mr. Portokalos: "kimono".\\
'''Gus''': ''[thinks for a moment]'' "Kimono"... that come from
the root of all others, or at least of some more prestigious language, and ''been taken seriously'' (at least by their own governments, Greek word "κρύωμα", which all should've known how silly they would look).means "cold". What do you wear when you are cold? A robe! [[InsaneTrollLogic So, kimono, robe, there you go!]]
15th Jun '16 6:16:05 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' jokes that "tedium" derives "from a very obvious source--the first words of the ancient Latin hymn ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Deum Te Deum Laudamus]]''. In this apparently natural derivation there is something that saddens."

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* ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'' makes a few jokes that "tedium" derives of this type:
** "Tedium" is alleged to derive
"from a very obvious source--the first words of the ancient Latin hymn ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Te_Deum Te Deum Laudamus]]''. In this apparently natural derivation there is something that saddens."
** "Tadpole," as mentioned in the [[KrakenAndLeviathan "Leviathan"]] entry, is implied to be derived from its Latin name, ''Thaddeus polandensis'' (Thaddeus of Poland).
14th May '16 11:51:45 AM nombretomado
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The examples may also be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy etymological fallacies]] ("logos" is greek for "word", which is where "logic" comes from, so logic is just toying with words) or just plain nonsensical pseudo-etymology (Did you know "shit" originated as an acronym for Ship High In Transit? [[note]][[UrbanLegend No it didn't.]][[/note]]).

Beware: it's very easy for careless people to lapse into ArtisticLicenseLinguistics with etymologies. Just because a word was historically derived from an older word doesn't necessarily make that part of the word's meaning as it's used today. (When modern English speakers say we live in a "county," we probably don't mean "an area ruled by [[KnightFever a Count]]".)

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The examples may also be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy etymological fallacies]] ("logos" is greek Greek for "word", which is where "logic" comes from, so logic is just toying with words) or just plain nonsensical pseudo-etymology (Did you know "shit" originated as an acronym for Ship High In Transit? [[note]][[UrbanLegend No it didn't.]][[/note]]).

Beware: it's very easy for careless people to lapse into ArtisticLicenseLinguistics with etymologies. Just because a word was historically derived from an older word doesn't necessarily make that part of the word's meaning as it's used today. (When modern English speakers say we live in a "county," we probably don't mean "an area ruled by [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever a Count]]".)
13th Mar '16 1:08:31 PM nombretomado
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* Watanuki does this to a woman in ''XXXHolic'', explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - On and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.

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* Watanuki does this to a woman in ''XXXHolic'', ''Manga/XxxHolic'', explaining that she doesn't love Doumeki, only admires him. Admiration, from Latin, Ad - On and Mirare - being amazed. At least, that's how it goes in Portuguese. He then proceeds to explain the Japanese etymology, and proceeds to use said little etymology lesson to make his point.



* Literature/FromTheNewWorld in its anime adaptation, episode 25, Saki and Satoru are discussing about the bakenezumi's origin, erroneously interpreting a similarity between naked mole-rat's scientific name (Heterocephalus glaber) and human being's scientific name (homo sapiens). While Greek element "hetero" (meaning ''different'' or ''other'') in ''Heterocephalus'' is the opposite of Greek element "homos" (meaning ''same'') this element is not the one used in "''homo'' sapiens", which came from Latin element "homo" (meaning ''human'').

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* Literature/FromTheNewWorld ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'' in its anime adaptation, episode 25, Saki and Satoru are discussing about the bakenezumi's origin, erroneously interpreting a similarity between naked mole-rat's scientific name (Heterocephalus glaber) and human being's scientific name (homo sapiens). While Greek element "hetero" (meaning ''different'' or ''other'') in ''Heterocephalus'' is the opposite of Greek element "homos" (meaning ''same'') this element is not the one used in "''homo'' sapiens", which came from Latin element "homo" (meaning ''human'').
9th Jan '16 10:12:36 AM Jeduthun
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->The hypothesis—which comes from the Greek words "hypot," meaning "word," and "hesis," meaning "that I am looking up in the dictionary right now"...
-->--'''Creator/DaveBarry'''



The examples may also be etymological fallacies ("logos" is greek for "word", which is where "logic" comes from, so logic is just toying with words) or just plain nonsensical pseudo-etymology (Did you know Jesus actually was a zoophile? He was a carpenter, and "carpenter" is "carp" "enter").

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The examples may also be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymological_fallacy etymological fallacies fallacies]] ("logos" is greek for "word", which is where "logic" comes from, so logic is just toying with words) or just plain nonsensical pseudo-etymology (Did you know Jesus actually "shit" originated as an acronym for Ship High In Transit? [[note]][[UrbanLegend No it didn't.]][[/note]]).

Beware: it's very easy for careless people to lapse into ArtisticLicenseLinguistics with etymologies. Just because a word
was historically derived from an older word doesn't necessarily make that part of the word's meaning as it's used today. (When modern English speakers say we live in a zoophile? He was "county," we probably don't mean "an area ruled by [[KnightFever a carpenter, and "carpenter" is "carp" "enter").
Count]]".)

Compare TranslationWithAnAgenda.




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** [[http://xkcd.com/1012/ Another strip]] involves a StealthPun when the wrong superhero shows up to foil an attack of giant insects...
30th Sep '15 3:06:01 PM Conradus
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** And, in fact, gets it wrong. In Mal Reynolds' case, "Mal" is short for "Malcolm", a Scottish name meaning "Follower of St. Columba."
12th Sep '15 11:52:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' Doctor Butterfly says that the word "Carnival" comes from "cannibalism" (ItMakesSenseInContext). NobuhiroWatsuki said in the liner notes of the tankoubon that this was a goof on his part (it actually comes from abstention from meat for Lent) and said to call it Butterfly's mistake InUniverse.

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* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' Doctor Butterfly says that the word "Carnival" comes from "cannibalism" (ItMakesSenseInContext). NobuhiroWatsuki Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki said in the liner notes of the tankoubon that this was a goof on his part (it actually comes from abstention from meat for Lent) and said to call it Butterfly's mistake InUniverse.
4th Jul '15 5:12:18 AM Prfnoff
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* DaveBarry has a tendency to do this in some of his works. In ''Dave Barry's Guide to Guys'', he explains the following:
---> Guys contain stuff called "testosterone" - from the Latin "testo," (meaning "stuff") and "sterone" ("that guys contain").

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* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry has a tendency to do this in some of his works. works.
** Several examples from his columns:
--->"Perspective" is derived from two ancient Greek words: "persp," meaning "something bad that happens to somebody else," and "ective," meaning "ideally somebody like Creator/DonaldTrump."\\
The very word "insect" is a combination of two ancient Greek words: "in," meaning "a," and "sect," meaning "repulsive little creature."\\
The hypothesis—which comes from the Greek words "hypot," meaning "word," and "hesis," meaning "that I am looking up in the dictionary right now"...
**
In ''Dave Barry's Guide to Guys'', he explains the following:
---> Guys --->Guys contain stuff called "testosterone" - from the Latin "testo," (meaning "stuff") and "sterone" ("that guys contain").contain").
** ''Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex'' claims that astrology must be "very scientific" because the word "comes from the Greek or possibly Latin words 'astro' and 'ology.'"
** ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' notes that "ultimatum" comes "from the Latin, meaning 'a kind of thing that a person issues.'"



* ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'' notes that "ultimatum" comes "from the Latin, meaning 'a kind of thing that a person issues.'"



* {{XKCD}} strip 1319, "[[http://xkcd.com/1319/ Automation]]", which demonstrates the futility of automating software tasks, claims that "automating" comes from the roots "auto-" (self) and "mating" (screwing).

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* {{XKCD}} ''ComicStrip/{{xkcd}}'' strip 1319, "[[http://xkcd.com/1319/ Automation]]", which demonstrates the futility of automating software tasks, claims that "automating" comes from the roots "auto-" (self) and "mating" (screwing).



* Several of DaveBarry's columns include completely made up joke etymologies:
-->"Perspective" is derived from two ancient Greek words: "persp," meaning "something bad that happens to somebody else," and "ective," meaning "ideally somebody like Donald Trump."\\
The very word "insect" is a combination of two ancient Greek words: "in," meaning "a," and "sect," meaning "repulsive little creature."\\
The hypothesis—which comes from the Greek words "hypot," meaning "word," and "hesis," meaning "that I am looking up in the dictionary right now"...
29th Jun '15 4:55:06 PM nombretomado
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** "Adam" is actually derived from the Hebrew ''Adama'' (sorry, ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Galactica]]'' fans, emphasis on the last syllable) meaning "earth" or "soil" (because, you know, [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Adam was made from earth/soil]]...).

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** "Adam" is actually derived from the Hebrew ''Adama'' (sorry, ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Galactica]]'' fans, emphasis on the last syllable) meaning "earth" or "soil" (because, you know, [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Adam was made from earth/soil]]...).
28th Jun '15 3:10:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* The father in ''MyBigFatGreekWedding'' frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes it up as he goes.]]

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* The father in ''MyBigFatGreekWedding'' ''Film/MyBigFatGreekWedding'' frequently claims that he can show the Greek root of any word. [[spoiler: He makes it up as he goes.]]
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