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Etymology- British English to American English

I don't know if this is accurate, but it makes sense.

Aivery 7 Oct 11
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This is cute! I copied it to my Facebook page.

birdingnut Level 8 Oct 11, 2018
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Cool info.

Umbral Level 8 Oct 11, 2018
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There were three comments here , when last I saw this , but they weren't this three . What happened to the original three comments ?

Cast1es Level 9 Oct 11, 2018

Poof! mines gone too.

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I think America was a melting pot of cultures bringing their linguistic idiosyncrasies to the table. Webster may well have been trying to reduce those differences to a minimum while also doing his very best to use specific words for different things, such as holidays and vacation.

brentan Level 8 Oct 11, 2018
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This sounds suspiciously like folk etymology. I found this: [livescience.com]

Druvius Level 8 Oct 11, 2018

That sounds somewhat more plausible. My family migrated from Germany in 1720s. The name lost an ‘n’. It couldn’t swim, I guess.

@AstralSmoke Yeah, etymology has been a hobby of mine my whole. Words, phrases, etc virtually always have simple direct explanations, the more convoluted and contrived, the more likely they are to be made up. Plus, telegrams charged by the letter, it wouldn't make sense for newspapers to charge by the letter. Would be a huge hassle counting letters, and the savings by cutting out a few letters here and there would be beyond trivial.

You beat me to it (not a surprise!) I'll delete mine.

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