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September 20, 2008

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Mmmmmmmmmmm...it's etymologically num num nummy in my tum tum tummy!

Etymologies can be great fun and very interesting. Of course, they can also encourage the etymological fallacy, but even that can be put to humorous use. I nearly swallowed your tale about Belgian beer until I checked the OED. Now that little tale of two lagers sits alongside Lewis Carroll's "meetsafe" review of the Belfry at his college as a masterful example of the joke etymology.

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