'Fanciful' etymologies (was re. dating)

vidya vidya at cco.caltech.edu
Mon May 20 23:02:37 UTC 1996

Gary Tubb wrote :

> On Mon, 20 May 1996, Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
> >
> > [...]
> > The "sermonic"  meaning is not "inherent" in the word "person" in any
> > historically meaningful way, but rather in a symbolic and allusive way,
> > generated in present time from the free associative reflections of the
> > speaker.
> Sounds like asatkaaryavaada to me.

In this specific case, it is more like adhyAsa than like asatkAryavAda. A
"sermonic" meaning that is not inherent to "person" is superimposed upon
"person" in order to serve the purposes of sermonizing. 

S. Vidyasankar

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