Someone ignorant of how German is pronounced might well think it pronounced like ‘young’.
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Right. I’ve made it “(pronounced ‘yoong’, which sounds quite similar to ‘young’)”. Those who are interested can dive deeper into the comments 😉

And you’re right, the “youth → young → Jung” line of thought is easy to get at when you look at it this way. More uncertain is whether it could have happened the other way, i.e. the woman’s brain going “Jung? Young? Youth? Uh oh, let’s cut that memory out”.

Actually, I noticed many examples that were even more convoluted. They go through obscure (to me) literary references and Latin phrases before arriving at the final word, which makes me wonder what kind of deep research the subconscious plans to go through before deciding what to repress. The way some of them go, I for one could never have forgotten the stuff.

That said, I often use somewhat obscure mnemonics to remember things, so I guess it’s possible for it to work the other way round as well. Anyway, I guess the uncertainty of whether it actually happened or not, and the fact that there’s no way to prove it, is why Freud’s theory didn’t quite catch on (at least, not in its original form).