goropism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Johannes Goropius Becanus, who proposed a theory according to which Brabantic, a Dutch dialect, was the language spoken in Paradise, +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

goropism (usually uncountable, plural goropisms)

  1. A theory that some modern or attested language, such as Dutch, Turkish, or Hebrew, was the original language of mankind.
  2. An absurd etymology proposed as part of such a theory.

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