Meaning of Hobson-Jobson


Pronunciation: (hob'sun-job'sun), [key]
— n.
  1. the alteration of a word or phrase borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the phonological and lexical patterns of the borrowing language, as in English hoosegow from Spanish juzgado.
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