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Back-formation is a term in linguistics,particularly etymology. It denotes a not unusual process of making words: that whereby a need felt for a word in a particular word class, of some other reason, is met by coining a word adapted from a word with a related meaning in another word class, as the verb 'to burgle' was made at the ewnd of the niuneteenth century, perhaps originally with facetious intent, from the long-established nouns butglar and burglary, used since the sixteenth century.