Hey, Punkin'

Your Facebook groups still do not understand this basic premise: You. Must. Have. Etymological. Evidence. For. The. Morphemes. You. Posit. Even in pumpkin.

The word 'pumpkin' is a free base element.

Self-proclaimed experts in the Facebook groups read the Etymonline entry and concluded that the word is <pump + kin>, with the same diminutive suffix you see in napkin, lambkin, or catkin. They are wrong.

Allow me to explain.

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