bobolition ety ?

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Mon Jun 16 19:12:00 UTC 2008

Neither DAE nor DA give any attempt at an etymology.

...bolition, -ist is clearly from (a)bolition, -ist.

The nub is where does bo- come from.  Perhaps from a West African language?

Is the medial -a- variant (i.e. bobalition) influenced by the English
initial vowel?


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