a modification of a linguistic form according either to a falsely assumed etymology, as Welsh rarebit from Welsh rabbit, or to a historically irrelevant analogy, as bridegroom from bridegome.
a popular but false notion of the origin of a word.
the gradual change in the form of a word through the influence of a more familiar word or phrase with which it becomes associated, as for example sparrow-grass for asparagus
a popular but erroneous conception of the origin of a word
[foh-kee] /ˈfoʊ ki/ Informal. noun 1. . adjective, folkier, folkiest. 2. of or relating to folk singers or folk music. /ˈfəʊkɪ/ noun (pl) -ies 1. a devotee of folk music n. “devotee of (modern) folk music,” attested by 1966, with -ie. Related Terms shoot blanks
noun The milieu, attitudes, etc, of folk-music performers and devotees: as sure as she rejects that of ether-dwelling, confessional folkiehood (1990s+)
[foh-kish] /ˈfoʊ kɪʃ/ adjective 1. of or resembling the common people: folkish crafts. 2. resembling or based on folklore, , or dances: a violin concerto that is strongly folkish.
[fohk-lahyf] /ˈfoʊkˌlaɪf/ noun 1. the everyday of the common people, especially of a particular region, country, or period: 18th-century New England folklife. noun the way of life of those who live in a rural area