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overstand

verb; folk etymology
to understand very much
 
It was likely formed on analogy to understand using a false etymology of understand. Actually, the under in understand uses the older meaning of under 'among' and so really it comes from the idea of standing among and so having the same level of knowledge as someone. In this term, under is replaced with over to mean more using the established domain shift of spatial into amount with under and over meaning less than or more than a normal degree. Interestingly, the term still seems to rely on understand because on its own it would appear to mean to stand above or stand more but it actually means to understand more. One could also consider the clipping of understand and then the blending of over and stand.
Etymology : from over 'more than a normal amount' (from PIE *uper 'over') and stand from its sense in understand
Source : (October): “Uh-huh, I overstand.” (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Last modified: 29 November 2017


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