Humpty-Dumpty etymologyJoe Segen2016-11-10T14:57:10+00:00
Humpty-Dumpty and Alice
The redefinition of terms, words and phrases which already have one or more widely accepted definition(s) according to the whims of the writer.
The term arises from Humpty-Dumpty’s statement, in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean…Humpty-Dumpty etymology is typified by the problem facing evolutionary biologists, for whom ‘homology’ refers to common evolutionary origin, while molecular biologists later applied the term to the degree of sequence relatedness. Other Humpty-Dumpty words and phrases include cute kid syndrome, hospital specialist, medical home, etc., etc.