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Query:   Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'
Author:  Boyan Nikolaev
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   Regarding query the 10 days after posting this query I received comments and advicefrom the following six colleagues:- Mikael Parkvall, Sweden, who told me of a new, 4th, -kini word in Swedish;- Laurence Horn of Yale with a somewhat different hypothesis for theintroduction of mono- instead of bi-; he also quoted a dictionaryexplanation and cross-posted my query to the American Dialect Society,where there are a number of etymologists and lexicographers who may haveadditional comments to send;- Nancy Fishberg, who mentioned some interesting literary sources for mysubject;- Peter T. Daniels, who generally agrees with me;- Gordon Brown, interested in the subject;- Ghil?ad Zuckermann who was interested in the subject and offered somerelevant Yiddish correlates of the ?kini words.I thank all who got in touch with me and who shared their know-how on thesubject. However, no Marshallese connection was established and I still donot know for certain whether the bi- in bikini, by any off chance, camefrom the Latin bin, bis. While at this point we do not have the Marshalleseetymology of the word bikini, I suggest that we do not close the currentdiscussion. I think that any further response and contribution to thediscussion about the possible Marshallese etymology of the word bikinishould be welcome. The extension of this discussion should be the meaningof the proper name Bikini (as used in Bikini Atoll).Dr. Boyan NikolaevBulgaria

LL Issue: 16.22
Date Posted: 10-Jan-2005
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