'Fanciful' etymologies (was re. dating)

jonathan.silk at wmich.edu jonathan.silk at wmich.edu
Mon May 20 18:45:44 UTC 1996

I agree, of course (after all, he was my teacher!) with Madhav on the value
of "folk etymology."  On the other hand, I think he does not mean to propose
that we take, for example, _bhinnakle"sa_, as a helpful etymology of bhik.su. 
This is a standard "explanation" of the term, but does it really deserve more
credit than the historical etymology?  -- Or perhaps I have misunderstood the
point (as so often happens ;-)).


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