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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The Taino tongue, , handed us the word “hammock” (Taino “hamáka”). English and Romance language speakers managed to reproduce the Taino sound with some fidelity. The Germans, however, shot wide of the mark, voicing (and writing) “hamáka” as “Hängematte.” Semantics no doubt lies behind the deviation. “Hängematte” looks like it has been compounded out of the German verb for hang (“hängen”) and the German noun for mat (“Matte”). The German term, says the site, has been “volksetymologisch umgedeutet,” reinterpreted by means of a folk etymology, to a hanging mat.
Last edited by kem (2013-04-26 19:33:36)
Beauty. Hangmat is sooo right I suspect it may slowly take over. There are home grown versions for the moment.
I see that Taino also connects to that other hidden eggcorn, or at least folk etymon, mangrove.