False Etymologies Commentator David Crystal uses bridegroom as an example of a false etymology. Many people assume the "groom" in bridegroom has something to do with someone working in a stable but it's really an evolution of a word for man, from middle English.
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False Etymologies

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Commentator David Crystal uses bridegroom as an example of a false etymology. Many people assume the "groom" in bridegroom has something to do with someone working in a stable but it's really an evolution of a word for man, from middle English.