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Postby drsved » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Discussion happened from a summer solstice posting where in Poland many people released lampoons into the sky (they looked like little parachutes with lights in them). Lampoon as is usually used is a satire, usually negative, as to lampoon someone. This made it look like for this instance lampoon was something derived from lamp.
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Postby Philip Hudson » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:54 pm

drsved: Thanks for jumping in with such interesting contributions. I think deriving lampoon from lamp might make a fun folk etymology. But I can find no basis for it in fact. Etymonline admits the etymology is not certain but some French etymologists think it comes from lampoons "let us drink."
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Postby Slava » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:36 pm

I'm inclined to believe that lampoon as used here is probably an incorrect translation from the Polish. Then again, it might be a made-up word combining lamp and harpoon.
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