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Dictionary of Word Origins

Joseph Twadell Shipley

Dictionary of Word Origins

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Published by Littlefield, Adams & Co. in Totowa, New Jersey, USA .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • English language -- Etymology -- Dictionaries

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Joseph T. Shipley.
    SeriesLittlefield, Adams quality paperbacks -- no. 121
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 430 p. ;
    Number of Pages430
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23327635M

    The Dictionary is easy to use and the definitions are concise--you can get the information you need quickly with time left to linger over related terms. Chomsky is a prolific writer and public speaker on this subject. Early investigators of words included the Stoics of the 4th century B. They also contain an extensive selection of words whose life histories are intrinsically fascinating or instructive. Cutler From BooklistSeptember 1, The University of Oklahoma Press charts new ground with the publication of this excellent book that examines the numerous Native American words that have been loaned to American English. It was called Caturday.

    Understanding word origins often leads to greater subtle differences of linguistics. Many loanwords are, of course, place-names, river names, names of geographical formations, and the like, but others are more mysterious. As of 9 December the publisher has not yet set a date for reprinting but they do expect to do so. Words that are left out may have usage limited to specific, isolated, or informal contexts, so they should be used carefully.

    Both were convinced language was the product of historical development, but lacked a non-biblical theory with which to transform traditional speculation into science. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. Did you know that crimson comes originally from the name of tiny scale insects, the kermes, from whose dried bodies a red dyestuff is made? He's pretty good about rooting out spurious etymologies like cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkeyand he's quite good with word histories that are universally agreed upon by most etymologists. It presents valuable, up-to-date information on new words and coinages, with entries on neologisms ranging from motel and xerox to the more recent yuppie and glasnost. Like a lot of unsanitary places, 4chan is gloriously fertile.


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Dictionary of Word Origins book

Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins free resources

Isidore's views on word origins were affected by his belief that Adam and Eve spoke Hebrew in Eden and the story of the Tower of Babel was literally true.

Instead, it is some variant of the question, What makes a word a real word? Includes an extended introduction on the history of the English language. Many of these fascinating entries are further examined in the accompanying text, which attempts to simplify a very complex series of historical events.

It dates back to the time of the Classical Greeks, who were interested in the development of alphabetic writing. The first was a kind of cynical pacifism, or what one might call an unashamed lack of patriotism. Ranging from a few sentences to half a page, the entries are consistently entertaining and well-researched, though author Robert Hendrickson acknowledges in his preface that "no good tale is omitted merely because it isn't true.

More than 9, entries, nearly a quarter of them new to this edition, cover slang, idiom, and commonly used words with interesting or curious histories. Send us feedback. He gets a few wrong like cloud ninebut, then, everyone makes mistakes, and we don't begrudge Mr.

We will wait for your word before we serve dinner. Use the memes we made as inspiration, create your own, and then post a link to them in the comments. Includes an extended introduction on the history of the English language.

The Dictionary is easy to use and the definitions are concise--you can get the information you need quickly with time left to linger over related terms. But the words left out are as real as those that gain entry; the former simply haven't met the criteria for dictionary entry—at least not yet newer ones may ultimately gain admission to the dictionary's pages if they gain sufficient use.

Add to basket Add to wishlist Description Combining both accessibility and authority, the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins describes the origins and development of over 3, words and phrases in the English language. Dictionary of Word Origins Softcover View a sample page from this book We usually ship your order the same day if entered by PM.

Both were convinced language was the product of historical development, but lacked a non-biblical theory with which to transform traditional speculation into science.

She gave the word to begin. It should be pronounced to rhyme with 'cream'. This dictionary shows how modern English has developed from its Indo-European roots and how the various influences on the language-from migration and invasion to exploration, trade, technology, and scholarship-have intermingled.

The book draws on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and language monitoring, and relates the fascinating stories behind many of our most curious terms and expressions in order to offer the reader a much more explicit account than can be found in a general English dictionary.

When studying a language too old to have any direct information available with regards to its word origins, experts in this field apply methods of comparative linguistics.

Organized A-Z, the entries include first known use along with examples that illustrate the many faces of the particular word or phrase, from 'handsome' to 'bachelor' and 'cute' to 'baby', from 'pagan' to 'palaver' and 'toff' to 'torpedo'. What is most interesting in Cutler's analysis is what words were loaned, and why.

Read the rest of our review from a recent newsletter. In the s, both the British Academy and the Societe de Linguistique de Paris warned their members not to discuss the origins of language, because the topic was so seductive and speculative, it spawned endless, futile theorizing.

As of 9 December the publisher has not yet set a date for reprinting but they do expect to do so. I hope my classicist friends will forgive me if I abbreviate mimeme to meme.The words and phrases are selected because their origins are inherently interesting or because some bit of folklore, sometimes true and sometimes false, is associated with the origin.

The etymologies of common words with straightforward explanations can be found in any good dictionary and I do not attempt to reproduce them here.

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The Merriam Webster New Book of Word Histories. This book contains a medium-sized selection of words, but each word is laboriously discussed and researched.

The Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins. This is a handy book which contains hard-to-find etymologies of words and, especially, phrases. Picturesque Word Origins, from Webster's New International Dictionary by Anon.

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