Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: teknonymy

teknonymy: [tek-non-uh-mee]

Noun: The practice within certain cultures to give a parent the name of their child. Examples include the Cocos Malays of the Keeling Islands and the Betsileo of Madagascar among many others.

Origin: Greek tékn (on) child + ónym (a) name

Related Forms:

Adjective: teknonymous
Adverb: teknonymously

That's the exact opposite of Western culture where people seem so fixated on bestowing their own identities upon their children, rather than the other way around. :-)
Tags: greek, noun, t, wordsmith: trellia_chan

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