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Is there a word for sets of words with related meaning in English, like 'yellow' and 'green' or 'January' and 'February'?

I'm learning the Indonesian language, and they took the word 'antonim' from Dutch (antonym in English), but changed and expanded the meaning. In Indonesian, 'green' is an antonym of 'yellow' and '...
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what is the intent / meaning of the word unetymological

I understand that nonetymological / unetymological mean "not etymological" - i.e. something which doesn't have any roots in formation. But I am unable to grasp its significance - does it ...
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Why are nicknames called "nicknames"?

Where did this term originate from? According to, it originates from O.E. eaca, which means to "increase". However, I can't see how the "n" got stuck in there too. Does anyone have ...
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What is this an example of: "a napron" becomes "an apron"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A whole nother” way of looking at things I recently learned that the word apron was once apparently napron, but the current form has resulted from accidental ...
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"A whole nother" way of looking at things

People say this so much (instead of "another whole" way, etc.) that I wonder how it got started. How did "another whole..." get changed to "a whole nother..."?
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