888; the spellings igland and ealond seem in modern documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, complicated the etymologically appropriate English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin īnsula “island,” a component of paenīnsula, “almost-island,” whence our peninsula.

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Examples are Madagascar and Socotra off Africa, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and a few of the Seychelles. However, the spelling of the word was modified within the 15th century due to a false etymology caused by an incorrect association with the etymologically unrelated Old French loanword isle, which itself comes from the Latin word insula.

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