2017-04-10 14:56:14 UTC
Is there a list of famous [Ghost etymologies] by Skeat?
Skeat links the word 'gas' to the Dutch word for 'ghost': GAS, an aeriform fluid (Dutch) The term ... .......
Joyce was surely aware that “gas” derived from the Dutch word for “ghost”, as claimed in Skeat’s dictionary, which he possessed).
--- which was what Skeat thought, but now we think:
From Dutch gas, a word coined by chemist Van Helmont. From Ancient Greek χάος (kháos, “chasm, void”).