Word Fact: Foggage

The word fog actually comes from its adjective, foggy, which in turn comes from the original noun: foggage.

In linguistics, this phenomenon is called back-formation. Other words that were formed this way include diplomat (from diplomatic) and pea (from pease).

Sources:

Word Nerd by Barbara Ann Kipfer, 2007

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