Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jan 21 01:19:58 UTC 2004
I asked for a definition of "boney-ize", for which Barry submitted a
cite. Doug Wilson wrote:
> This would seem to be a variant of "boney" (v. t.) (also "boney-eye")
> = "claim possession of" (in DARE).
> Etymology? From Napoleon's name? (^_^)
So I wondered, too, but (1) why? and (2) it's still just speculation.
But we now have a connection for the last syllable, relevant to Barry's
request for spelling info. Did the woman mean "boney-eyes"? Did the
person she heard it from, or someone earlier in the chain of
transmission, say "boney-eyes" which was reinterpreted as "boney-ize"?
(And how many untraceable times might the reinterpration have gone there
and back again?)
-- Mark A. Mandel
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
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