Then the meaning of "etymology", according to you, is "fantasy" Either that, or etymology is a concept only applicable to dead languages.Originally Posted by C_ntua
The same word can have different meanings based on context. Indeed, taking a quick check of an online dictionary, I see that etymology means:
- the derivation of a word.
- an account of the history of a particular word or element of a word.
- the study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words.
If you want to avoid misunderstanding, define your intended meaning of a word whose meaning may be in contention.Originally Posted by C_ntua