Essay

The Etymological Persistence Hypothesis

Contrary to the etymological fallacy, whereby one asserts that a word’s meaning should be or is what the meaning of its traceable origin was, is the etymological persistence hypothesis, where the etymology of a word, and the connotative history of the word in a culture, remain residual in the word’s understanding, and is present even among discrete connotations dominant in one or another varied contemporary social contexts.

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