Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 21:22:43 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: Etymology of _Hoosier_ On Thu, 16 Oct 1997, Dennis R. Preston wrote: > There is also some caution to be taken in lessons learned from medicine and > other areas (which we all pray are dominated by hard science) where folk > facts have tuned out to be right on. I would be curious to learn of examples of folk-etymologies that have turned out to be "right on." I have long believed that the more colorful an etymological story is, the less likely it is to have anything to do with the truth. If one automatically dismissed all colorful etymological stories as hogwash, one would rarely be in error. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry) Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1997 e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------