what is the intent / meaning of the word unetymological

I understand that nonetymological / unetymological mean "not etymological" – i.e. something which doesn’t have any roots in formation. But I am unable to grasp its significance – does it mean "absolute" words which can’t be broken down, and hence have no etymology? Or words that don’t have any roots (how can something not have … Read more

Is there a word for sets of words with related meaning in English, like ‘yellow’ and ‘green’ or ‘January’ and ‘February’?

I’m learning the Indonesian language, and they took the word ‘antonim’ from Dutch (antonym in English), but changed and expanded the meaning. In Indonesian, ‘green’ is an antonym of ‘yellow’ and ‘February’ is an antonym of ‘January’. Which surprised me, but also got me thinking that I don’t know how these words are related to … Read more

What is this an example of: “a napron” becomes “an apron”?

Possible Duplicate: “A whole nother” way of looking at things I recently learned that the word apron was once apparently napron, but the current form has resulted from accidental morphing of a napron to an apron. What is this kind of mistake called? (I’d also like to know of others, if there are any.) Answer … Read more

“A whole nother” way of looking at things

People say this so much (instead of “another whole” way, etc.) that I wonder how it got started. How did “another whole…” get changed to “a whole nother…”? Answer This is an example of metanalysis: taking two words that occur in close proximity, and re-analyzing them so that the word boundary changes position. In this … Read more